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THE WEEK AHEAD

SAINT-OUEN : Seeking a New Line

January 25, 1994

The French Communist Party, in decline for 20 years, opens its annual congress in the suburbs of Paris today, with the top agenda item election of a successor to veteran leader Georges Marchais, 73, who is retiring.

The party has seen its support drop from 25% in the 1972 election, when Marchais took over and the Communists were the dominant force on the French left, to less than 10% last year.

Though there is no heir apparent, many in the party hope that a new leader will revitalize it by modernizing and softening what has been an ideological hard line.

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