FRANCE: Le Souriant Felix

Le grand Charlie's letter of resignation reached the Assembly at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Le souriant Félix (smiling Félix), as friends have nicknamed the Assembly's Socialist President Félix Gouin, read it rapidly. He paused, but there was no display from the floor. Just as rapidly, he read his reply. "M. de Gaulle ... I express . . . the nation's gratitude and appreciation. . . ."

Then Félix Gouin asked: "Does the Assembly intend to elect the new President ... of the Republic?" Cries of "Now . . . Tomorrow . . ....

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