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