France's Antipolitician May Be Europe's Sharpest Pol

What's Edouard Balladur's secret? Lots of European politicians wish they knew. France's bland Prime Minister is almost alone among Europe's leaders in maintaining strong popularity--despite 12% unemployment and seeming weakness in the face of domestic strife. Last month, half a million citizens marched through Paris to protest new aid for Catholic schools. Balladur backed down. Recently, fishermen angry at cheap imports looted supermarkets and battled police. Balladur gave them $50 million in aid.

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