"During the Socialist presidency of Francois Mitterrand, French policy towards South Africa has undergone something of a metamorphosis. - In 1985, relations between the two countries reached a nadir when the government of Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, unilaterally imposed limited sanctions on Pretoria. This development was followed by French sponsorship of a UN Security Council resolution calling for voluntary sanctions against South Africa. The narrow victory of the right in the 16 March parliamentary elections seems likely to impact upon bilateral relations between Paris and Pretoria. This paper will analyse the central tenets of Mitterrand's South Africa policy, and assess the prospects for qualitative changes under the new Prime Minister and National Assembly (parliament)."