Foreign News: LAffaire, I'Affaire

Since the days of the Dreyfus case, one of the perennial features of French government has been l'affaire—that unique combination of intrigue, scandal and politics that seems to come along at times of great political unrest and to suggest the existence of deep, deadly and corrupt forces at work in the body politic. Last week, faithful to this national tradition, President Charles de Gaulle's fledgling Fifth Republic uneasily probed its third*and most fascinating political scandal—I'affaire Mitterrand.

It broke at a moment when France's rightists bitterly challenged De Gaulle's offer to negotiate a cease-fire...

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