FRANCE: Despair on the Eve

Beyond the din of jeep-ridden Algiers, in the airy Moorish hall of the foremost seminary for colonial jeunes filles, General Charles de Gaulle and his troubled colleagues of the French Committee of National Liberation debated the signs of an approaching catastrophe.

The Seed of Despair. Baffling delays seemed to block the path of De Gaulle's proposed visit to London. The Committee's message to Washington to find out whether the U.S. planned to have a representative at the London discussions had gone unanswered for nearly two weeks. The U.S. had decided not to...

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