FRANCE: The Needle

On the eve of the Big Three meeting, the uninvited Big Fourth somewhat grandly—and frostily—proclaimed a policy of her own. Said President Charles de Gaulle in a broadcast to his nation:

"In the world as it is today, there are two very great powers [i.e., the U.S. and Russia], and we lie exactly between them . . . the bridgehead of the West in Europe. . . . Our vital interests command us ... to follow a policy of friendship, to the East and to the West, with our eyes open and our hands free.

"This policy of France may temporarily...