THE NATION: Keeping the Peace

To mayors of cities along France's Mediterranean coast last week, the U.S. consulate in Nice dispatched an urgent predawn request: call out the police and round up all the U.S. Navymen in town. In half a dozen French and Italian ports, U.S. shore patrols marched into bars, hotels and nightclubs in search of men and officers of the U.S. Sixth Fleet.

By late afternoon the Sixth Fleet had sailed: from Cannes the 60,000-ton supercarrier Forrestal, from Naples the 45,000-ton battleship Wisconsin, from Leghorn the carrier Lake Champlain, from Villefranche and Marseille the...

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