Commentary: Mitterrand: The Legacy Of A Political Chameleon

Francois Mitterrand was a cynical politician who swayed from right to left over his lifetime as opportunity called. Once he staged a phony assassination attempt on himself to win sympathy. Yet this complex French President, who died on Jan. 8, ranks as one of Europe's most significant leaders of this century. He remade France--in a more positive way than many critics realize--even if he didn't always intend to.

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