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The Mitterrand Experiment

The Mitterrand Experiment

Edited by George Ross, Stanley Hoffmann and Sylvia Malzacher

Oxford, 1987, 383 pp.

Twenty essays on the years of the Mitterrand presidency, on their effect on the French economy and political culture, on France's role in the world. Altogether a first-rate interpretative summary of years that have been studied with daunting thoroughness. Stanley Hoffmann concludes that "the major contribution of the five years of Socialist rule is a big push toward the 'normalization,' or banalization, of French political life." On the whole, a surprising but perhaps not unwelcome development.