THE NATIONS: Pride & Prejudice

Twisting the lion's tail used to be diplomacy's favorite parlor game. The same rules still apply, but now it is known as plucking the eagle's feathers. Last week France's little businessman, Premier Antoine Pinay, proved himself adept at the game. By defying the U.S., he became a hero to all Frenchmen.

Vision & Venom. Shrewd Premier Pinay, who likes to pose as no politician, just a technician, had lasted in office seven months. But as the National Assembly prepared to convene after a three months' recess, he was in a hot fight for...

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