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The Art of Corporate Success: The Story of Schlumberger by Ken Auletta

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RIBOUD AND MITTERRAND

Riboud first met François Mitterrand in the mid-fifties. In those days, leading figures on the left—Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pierre Mendès-France, Mitterrand, Gaston Defferre—gathered now and then to discuss their opposition to French colonialism in Algeria, to de Gaulle, to the French Communist Party, and to privilege and the French establishment. They got together at the Paris office of the magazine L’Express, whose editors were Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber and Françoise Giroud. Riboud admired Servan-Schreiber and invested in L’Express. Although in 1954 and 1955 Mitterrand had served as interior minister in the government of Mendès-France, whom Riboud revered, he and Riboud knew each other only casually. The ...

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