FRANCE: On Good Behavior

In Paris, where cynical politicians have heard everything, even the most unsurprisable wore the slightly dazed air of men who have just heard a mallard endorse a shotgun. After years of unwavering hostility to Charles de Gaulle, French Communists abruptly abandoned their denunciations of his Algerian policy and made it known that they were eager to shake his hand.

The new party line was obviously a special dividend to De Gaulle, who insists that Russia has not yet paid enough for a summit (TIME, Nov. 2). By delaying a summit, De Gaulle hopes...

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