FRANCE: Old Man, New Course

Old France, weighed down with history, endlessly vacillating from greatness to decline, but revived, century after century, by the genius of renewal!

Old man, exhausted by ordeal, feeling the approach of the eternal cold, but always watching in the shadows for the gleam of hope!

—War Memoirs of De Gaulle

Three weeks short of his 70th birthday, President de Gaulle went into four-day seclusion at his country retreat in the Champagne region of northeastern France. He tramped in his damp wooded fields ("I have walked them 15,000 times"), sat in the tower study...

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