International: Our Poor Old World

A year and a half ago Charles de Gaulle so feared that a threat to France's independence was implicit in Soviet-U.S. rivalry that he called for a Europe isolated from both groups, an element of "equilibrium" between the two. Since then, De Gaulle's icy isolationism has been thawing.

This week, in a speech at Compiègne, De Gaulle cried: "It is necessary that the efforts of the old Europe and those of America be joined to put our poor old world back on its feet. This means, with out any doubt, that the U.S. lend us large and prolonged help in the...

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