COMMUNICATIONS: No Don Quixote Again

The French repented one of their own dramatic gestures. Nearly two years ago, on the insistence of Communist cabinet members, Paris had stopped all trade with Spain, and closed the frontier. No other nation had gone that far, though most U.N. members joined in resolutions against Axis-loving Francisco Franco. By last week the French felt that the gesture had hurt French exports more than it had hurt Franco. They called it off, reopened the border.

One midnight last week, while cameras snapped and ground, French frontier guards lifted the striped barrier across the Bidassoa River bridge at Hendaye. At 8:20 next...

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