FRANCE: Moment of Decision

Regularly for the past two years, public-opinion pollsters have been asking Frenchmen the same question and getting the same answer: As between independence for Algeria and continued war, which do you choose? The response has not varied: 70% have stuck to fighting on, though 400,000 French soldiers are tied up in Algeria and the war costs nearly $4,000,000 a day. Last week, with the revolt still far from the often promised "final quarter-hour," the French Assembly came to a moment of historic decision.

It had been called into special session by Premier Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury. Confronting France was another U.N. debate...

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