A couple of small-town boys—the President of France and the President of the U.S.—struck it off fine together last week.

Vincent Auriol, who speaks French with a Toulouse twang and English hardly at all, and Harry Truman, who speaks English with a Missouri twang and French not at all, grinned broadly and shook hands warmly when they met in the vaulted State Room of Washington's Union Station. Five prodigious days of partygoing, personal appearances and stiff protocol failed to erase either presidential grin.

President Auriol's schedule was the heavier. From the time he...

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