FRANCE: Flood, Fret & Tears

The President of France, the usually equable Vincent Auriol, was almost in tears. "Messieurs, les Ambassadeurs," he cried, before a French audience gathered last week for the opening of the Rhone Valley's Donzere-Mondragon dam, built with the help of $33 million from the U.S. Addressing himself directly to the assembled foreign diplomatic corps, which included the U.S.'s James C. Dunn, Auriol launched into an emotional refutation of recent U.S. criticism of France.

He was vexed three times over at the U.S. for: i) voting to let Arab grievances against French colonial rule...

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