Giscard d'Estaing's chances of staying in office are now to uncertain to elicit anything but hazardous speculation. The only clear issue after the vote is the setback of the Communist Party. Le Monde, Paris

Although Giscard is in a good position, nothing is won yet. The risk of seeing [Socialist] Francois Mitterrand elected persists. L'Aurore, Paris

Mr. Giscard d'Estaing should commit himself, if he does get reelected, to a more open presidency in his second term. The Economist, London

Whoever wins on May 10 will not be able to rule the roost regardless of what the parties want. Financial Times, London

The big loser is Georges Marchais . . . His days as Communist Party leader appear numbered. Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich

Francois Mitterrand is the undisputed winner . . . Whether the wind that has carried him thus far will suffice to put him at the helm of the French state depends on whom the other groups decide to support. Handelsblatt, Duesseldorf

The unemployment situation . . .. provided the candidates of the left with a broad target. Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Zurich

France is split in two, and it wants clairty where there is none. Mario Cervi, Il Giornale, Milan

France must struggle with all its might if it wants to regain form as the catalyst of politics in Europe . . . Giscard is only a transitional leader. Merdeka, Jakarta