FRANCE: Poultice?

The people of France were confronted last week by a peculiar political situation.

The party which had won the biggest vote in last fortnight's municipal elections —Charles de Gaulle's R.P.F. — has not a single official representative in the national Assembly, for the simple reason that the last national elections were held before the R.P.F. was mobilized. To what extent, therefore, would De Gaulle view the municipal voting as a mandate? "Faster Than I Thought." Gaullist hot heads urged the dreamy, inscrutable General to seize power at once. But he dislikes coups d'état. His top political adviser, Novelist André Malraux,...

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