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Conservatives Win Again in French Local Elections
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Mar 18, 1985
Start Page: 4
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Leaders of the two regular conservative parties-the rightist Rally for the Republic of [Jacques Chirac] and the right-center Union for French Democracy of [Valery Giscard] and former Premier Raymond Barre-claimed that the results of the two rounds of what are known as cantonal elections have proven they represent a majority of French voters.

Moreover, many analysts expect President Francois Mitterrand to introduce a new law to install a system of proportional representation for the assembly voting. Even if the two conservative parties next year were to win the same percentage of votes that they polled in the cantonal elections, proportional representation might keep them from winning a majority and allow the Socialists to try to govern with the help of some smaller parties.

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