FRANCE: Faure to the Fore

Of the many called to give rudderless France a new government, the sixth chose to try. Striding crisply into the National Assembly, bespectacled Edgar Faure (pronounced fore) asked to be accepted as Premier. The Deputies, impressed by his agile answers to sharp questions, unexpectedly approved him by a hefty majority (401-to-101). Then he sat down to try to piece together a cabinet, the twelfth to govern France since war's end.

Neither well known nor widely regarded until last week, Faure, of the conservative Radical Socialist Party, was Minister of Justice in the recent Pleven government. At 43, he is France's...

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