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March 18, 1983

The French Socialist government is expected to give the political ''guillotine'' to a top ex-communist leftist. He is Regis Debray, President Francois Mitterrand's liaison to developing countries and leftist regimes. Following a voter wrist-slapping in this month's local elections, Mitterrand is moving to the center, jettisoning radical members like Debray, who once worked with Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.

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His replacement, sure to please US officials, is Eric Arnoux, economist, novelist, political science professor - and a moderate.m