The former President of France, M. Valery Giscard D'Estaing, has called on the country's two main opposition groups to join in a centre-right onslaught on the Socialist government in key municipal elections next March.
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Background: The former President of France, M. Valery Giscard D'Estaing, has called on the country's two main opposition groups to join in a centre-right onslaught on the Socialist government in key municipal elections next March. M. Giscard, steadily returning to the politician forefront after his election defeat in 1981, was speaking on November 28 at the National Congress of the Democratic Union. He said new links should be forged with the neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic Party of Jacques Chirac. The 2,000 delegates at the two-day congress cheered loudly when he called for renewed co-operation between the two parties that provided his parliamentary support when he was in office. M. Giscard said it was crucial for the two parties to have the same major objectives, and to conclude the best possible electoral pact for victory. M. Chirac, who holds an influential post as mayor of Paris, had recently been regarded as the main spokesman for the French opposition. He lunched with M. Giscard at a surprise reconciliation meeting on November 24, after seemingly patching a rift which had build up since M. Chirac's resignation as Giscard's prime minister in 1975.