The very magnitude of the Gaullist election victory made many Frenchmen apprehensive. "La mariee est trop belle (The bride is too beautiful)," mused one television commentator, meaning that so decisive a victory placed on the Gaullists an inescapable and unparalleled burden for France's future. "The Gaullist tank is more powerful than ever, but it no longer has any brakes," warned Temoignage Chretien (Christian Witness), a liberal Catholic weekly. "What a temptation for the driver to roll right over any opposition!"

In a second-round sweep that embraced just about every area and social class...

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