People, Feb. 2, 1953

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In Paris, André François-Poncet, 65, prewar French Ambassador in Berlin and Rome and now High Commissioner to West Germany, faced one of the toughest diplomatic chores of his career. As a newly elected member of the French Academy, he had the traditional duty of eulogizing the man to whose seat he had been elevated: the late Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain. He spent four months polishing his speech. The result left his fellow academicians, used to nimble-tongued exhibitions, applauding with admiration. Sample pirouette: "Some...

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