FRANCE: Mollifier

The man with the almost unpronounceable name was back. Henri Queuille, the mousy little onetime doctor who, as Premier for 13 months (1948-49), had made a name for himself as a mollifier of warring factions, was again the head of a French government.

The Socialists had capriciously wrecked Georges Bidault's government (TIME, July 3). A few hours later, war broke out in Korea and France found itself vitally in need of a Foreign Minister with full credentials The Socialists would have liked to play hard-to-get a while longer, but they realized they would look like Neronic fiddlers if they prolonged...

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