How things change in France. Pierre Berge, an old friend of France’s leftists, won’t be voting for them in this spring’s presidential election. Berge, who regularly dines with Socialist President Francois Mitterrand, has made clear he will vote for the front-running conservative candidate Jacques Chirac, and not the Socialist Party standard bearer, Lionel Jospin.
“Mr. Jospin has no chance,” says Berge. “So one has to choose between the two candidates of the right: Mr. Chirac or Mr. [Edouard] Balladur. He is conservative Catholic and tied up with the Rothschilds and that sort of thing. So I prefer Chirac because he descends from De Gaulle and Napoleon, which is republican, secular and reformist.”