WESTERN EUROPE: Retreat from Fear?

Socialist Premier Guy Mollet is a Frenchman who seems so shy and timid that in World War II the Gestapo once let him go, after arresting him as a Resistance leader, because they could not believe he had the requisite tough qualities. Last week this deceptively mild ex-high-school teacher of English stirred up an international commotion by challenging the foundations of Western policy and criticizing France's allies (particularly the U.S.) in terms more caustic than any other French Premier has used since the days of Charles de Gaulle.

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