Now, The Whirlwind

As they sat side by side at a Paris parade marking the end of World War II, the two men evoked distinctly different eras. Ailing, gray-skinned Franois Mitterrand, 78, who has run France longer than any elected leader in its history, looked like a wizened war veteran applauding the Foreign Legion as it marched down the Champs Elysees. Beside him, Jacques Chirac, tall and trim at 62, seemed the vigorous image of the "deep change" he promises after succeeding Mitterrand as France's President in mid-May.

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