FRANCE: The Existers

"The French will stay in North Africa as long as France exists. But does France exist?"

— Abd el Krim, as quoted by Author John Gunther.

When ex-Premier Mendès-France offered the Assembly a bold program of action, the Deputies at first found it refreshing. But on further consideration, they decided that they did not like Mendès' brand of boldness. "Adventurism," they called it, and dismissed Mendès. Premier Edgar Faure offered them the opposite—a policy of the political carom shot, the showdown avoided, the adroit maneuver, the delicate adjustment. Last week the Deputies of...

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