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In the first serious clash between the two leaders of the French government, President Francois Mitterrand refused to sign a decree that would have activated Premier Jacques Chirac's program to return 65 nationalized businesses to the private sector. Until Chirac's conservative government took office in March under Mitterrand, a Socialist, France's president and premier were always from the same party. Chirac said he will introduce new legislation to overcome Mitterrand's objections.

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