U.S.-French relations, queasy from the first week of the invasion of North Africa, queasier since the liberation of France, had been settled not a whit by the full story of the failure of Franklin Roosevelt and Charles de Gaulle to meet at Algiers (TIME, Feb. 26).

Franklin Roosevelt made no bones about where he stood. The official White House statement detailing the President's movements quoted him as saying: "Questions of mutual interest and importance to France and the U.S. are pending. I wanted very much to see the General before leaving for home."...

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