FRANCE: A Letter from Ike

Behind the glass doors of Paris' Elysée Palace one day last week, France's Cabinet wrangled for a record eleven hours. Twice during the discussion angry right-wing ministers stalked out to unburden their grievances in private audiences with France's genial President René Coty, who well knew that if they quit, it would be his job to find another Premier. While Coty did his best to smooth their feathers, harried Félix Gaillard, France's youngest (38) ruler since Napoleon Bonaparte, stalked the corridors of the Elysée palace, nervously lighting one Gitane cigarette off another.

Cause of this stormy marathon was, as usual, France's...

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