ALGERIA: Vanishing Idols

Until Charles de Gaulle came to power, the 1,500,000 French soldiers and settlers of Algeria had stood shoulder to shoulder against Paris, united by their common contempt for the fumbling politicians of the Fourth Republic. Last week, deprived of their one common bond, the men of Algiers turned to intramural intrigue.

The politically naive balcony generals seemed merely confused by events, but diehards on the 72-man insurgent junta in Algiers were plainly disenchanted by De Gaulle. They were angered by his insistence that the insurrectionary Public Safety Committees must get out of...