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President Mitterrand - The prince and his image by Paige, Hugues Le

From 1987 until 1993, Hugues Le Paige was one of the few journalists allowed into French President Mitterrands Inner Circle in the Elysee Palace, with exclusive access to him. As a result, this film is a collection of important and insightful clips from La Paiges personal footage and interviews he made with Mitterand during the waning years of his Presidency. Years after Mitterrands death, the filmmaker has now completed a sincere and personal reflection on the image of the Prince, and his ability to manipulate power.

Political Relevance
Francois Mitterrand (1916-1996) was a French politician. In 1971, he became head of the Parti Socialiste. In 1981 Mitterrand defeated the incumbent conservative, Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Mitterrand became the first socialist of the Fifth Republic to be elected President of France by universal suffrage. The Parti Socialiste lost its majority in the French National Assembly in 1986, forcing Mitterrand to cohabit with the conservative government of Jacques Chirac. Nevertheless, Mitterrand was re-elected President in 1988 and remained so until 1995.

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