Foreign News: Show of Fight

On his return to Paris from Geneva, Foreign Minister Bidault confidently told newsmen: "France is not going to lie down in Indo-China." Last week there was an unexpected show of fighting spirit by the Laniel government. It: ¶ Asked France's No. 1 soldier, Marshal Juin, if he would be prepared to accept the Indo-China command. Juin's position at week's end: he did not want a defensive command if it was designed merely to strengthen Foreign Minister Bidault's bargaining hand at Geneva; but he would accept interallied command in an internationalized Indo-China war.

¶ Decided to send heavy reinforcements —15,000 within the...

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