FRANCE: Dexterous Fellow

FRANCE Dexterous Fellow Few expected Edgar Faure, France's 21st Premier since World War II, to last long in the job. But last week, when the National Assembly adjourned with him still in control, he could—and did —boast of a six-month record of achievements that few would have dared predict. For this he could in part thank the man who wasn't there—his old friend and now bitterest rival, ex-Premier Pierre Mendès-France.

For the Assembly was dominated less by the personality of owlish Edgar Faure than by fear of Mendes. Deputies feared that if they...

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