Foreign News: Fighting Words

In his first week as France's 23rd Premier since World War II, and its youngest Premier since 1883,* ambitious Maurice Bourèes-Maunoury, 42, looked as though he might be bounced out of office. He approached his first vote of confidence after doling out so many jobs—splitting portfolios two ways—that his Cabinet became a 45-man team, biggest in French history. But he still had to water down his demand for higher taxes before the Deputies would give him a chance. In the end the specter that haunts his government, and would probably bring him down,...

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