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So, not that surprisingly, the French have returned the late Fran?ois Mitterrand to the presidency. The victory of the socialists and their allies-not least, the somewhat happy-somewhat clappy, New Communist party of the genially bearded Robert Hue- means that Jacques Chirac must dine for five years with the ghost of the Banquo who humiliated him when Chichi was prime minister during the 1993-1995 cohabitation which, it seems, taught him little about the subtleties of the highest office in the republic. Tony Blair’s victory followed so long a period of Tory rule that, people said, there was no one left in…

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