FRANCE: Moderation at Home

"Like Hamlet, we can say, 'The day is yet so young.'"* Thus General Charles de Gaulle, addressing the Consultative Assembly on "interior affairs," apologized to his people for the hard times which have followed liberation (see INTERNATIONAL). Of plans for France's economic future, he said:

"We intend to act in such a way that . . . individual merit and private initiative will remain as the basis of national activity. . . . We do not imagine our French economy of tomorrow without a 'free sector,' as large as possible. . . ....