The forecasters had predicted a few peaceful months for Edith Cresson [as France's first female premier]. . . .
These predictions have been swept away. A month after taking office, Edith Cresson is trying to combat a succession of unwanted tempests. Certainly, the premier has spoken a little rashly, about Japan's economic practices and the sexual behavior of the English. She needs to learn that one cannot govern without holding one's tongue.
The truth is undoubtedly harsh. The president (Francois Mitterrand) perhaps didn't make a very good choice. The Socialists themselves sense this.