FRANCE: Family Circle

"To assure the security of Western Europe," wrote Charles de Gaulle in the final volume of his memoirs, it will be necessary for France "to lead into one political, economic and strategic grouping the states whose frontiers run with the Rhine, the Alps and the Pyrenees."

On the Alpine side, since De Gaulle came to power, Italy has become a staunch backer of France's policy in Algeria. On the Rhine, Adenauer's Germany has forged new links with its old enemy. And last week Spanish officials in Paris were humming contentedly about a new "era of good feeling."

Before De Gaulle, no...

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