1. Francois Mitterrand denied it, but I think there's evidence for it.
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3. Francois Mitterrand was thus a leading proponent of the Treaty on European Union, which provided for a centralized European banking system, a common currency, and a unified foreign policy.
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4. Francois Mitterrand called legislative elections soon after his victory, and a new left-wing majority in the National Assembly enabled his prime minister, Pierre Mauroy, to effect the reforms Mitterrand had promised.
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7. Francois Mitterrand picked Laurent Fabius, a young loyal Mitterrandiste, as his new prime minister.
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14. Francois Mitterrand sharply criticized the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan as well as the country's nuclear weapons buildup.
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15. Francois Mitterrand supported closer European collaboration and the preservation of France's special relationship with its former colonies, which he feared were falling under "Anglo-Saxon influence.
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17. Francois Mitterrand proposed a moderate programme and advocated a "united France", and laid out his policy priorities in his "Letter to the French People.
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19. Francois Mitterrand continued to promote the new technologies initiated by his predecessor Valery Giscard d'Estaing: the TGV high speed train and the Minitel, a pre-World Wide Web interactive network similar to the web.
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21. Francois Mitterrand became the first left-wing politician elected President of France by universal suffrage.
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26. Francois Mitterrand visited China in 1961, during the worst of the Great Chinese Famine, but denied the existence of starvation.
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28. In 1958, Francois Mitterrand was one of the few to object to the nomination of Charles de Gaulle as head of government, and to de Gaulle's plan for a Fifth Republic.
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29. Francois Mitterrand connected with the left when he resigned from the cabinet after the arrest of Morocco's sultan.
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30. Francois Mitterrand held various offices in the Fourth Republic as a Deputy and as a Minister, including as a mayor of Chateau-Chinon from 1959 to 1981.
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35. Francois Mitterrand had two failed escape attempts in March and then November 1941 before he finally escaped on 16 December 1941, returning to France on foot.
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37. Francois Mitterrand fought as an infantry sergeant and was injured and captured by the Germans on 14 June 1940.
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40. Francois Mitterrand took membership for about a year in the Volontaires nationaux, an organisation related to Francois de la Rocque's far-right league, the Croix de Feu; the league had just participated in the 6 February 1934 riots which led to the fall of the second Cartel des Gauches (Left-Wing Coalition).
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43. Francois Mitterrand invited the Communist Party into his first government, which was a controversial decision at the time.
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44. Francois Mitterrand opposed de Gaulle's establishment of the Fifth Republic.
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