Maurice Gustave Gamelin, the tight-lipped little Allied Generalissimo, last week held his first War II press reception for U. S. news correspondents. At the Ecole Militaire he received a delegation including five U. S. by-liners about to be taken up to the Maginot Line for the first time. For the first time silent Soldier Gamelin, 67, spoke his piece about the fighting.

France, he said, is fighting now for a reason precisely parallel to the U. S.'s reason last time. "France was not attacked. But she has taken up arms in defense of...

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