The French Communist Party said today (25/5) it would like some ministers in a united left government after parliamentary elections next month.
Interior Elysee Palace, President Mitterrand and Georges Marchais seated in talks; Marchais speaking to newsmen on Palace steps.
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Background: The French Communist Party said today (25/5) it would like some ministers in a united left government after parliamentary elections next month. Communist leader Georges Marchais told newsmen after meeting President Francois Mitterrand that he had pledged Communist readiness "to take on our responsibilities in the government at all levels" to implement a new political course for the country. It was the first meeting with President Mitterrand since the Socialist leader was elected on May 10.
The new centre-left government under prime minister Pierre Mauroy which was named on Friday (22 May) contains no Communists. Mr. Marchais was the first of four leaders from France's main political groupings to meet the President. He was followed by Paris mayor Jacques Chirac, Jean Lacanuet of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) and Lionel Jospin of the Socialist Party.