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The World

February 09, 1988

Former French Premier Raymond Barre, 63, announced that he will run in the April 24 presidential election. Barre, a deputy in Parliament and a professor of economics, served as premier from 1976 to 1981 during the presidency of Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Barre's announcement left the Socialists as the only major political party without a declared candidate--the Socialists are waiting for President Francois Mitterrand to disclose his intentions. Conservative Premier Jacques Chirac declared his candidacy three weeks ago.

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