FRANCE: Jeremiad

The prophet Jeremiah was hardly more sorrowful than sad-faced General Charles de Gaulle, announcing his decision last week to disband his political party. De Gaulle has always had a distaste for what he calls "the sterile games of politics." Although his Rally of the French People polled 4,300,000 votes in the 1951 elections and, next to the Communists and Socialists, is the largest party (85 seats) in the National Assembly, De Gaulle announced that henceforth his party members will act "in their individual capacity ... in the games, the poisons and the delights of the system." Reason: declining public...

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