FRANCE: Tell the American People ...

General Charles de Gaulle smiled, erasing for a moment the settled gloom of his somewhat puffy face. He rammed a cigar in one corner of his mouth. Then, out of the other corner, he said to New York Timesman Drew Middleton: "Some Frenchmen who have seen too many movies think that all Americans talk that way. They are learning better now, just as you are learning that we are far from a giddy nation. ..."

General de Gaulle continued earnestly: "Tell the American people that the French people, whose will is decisive, reject any form of totalitarian government." He saw three...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!