FRANCE: Next but One?

It is required of the promising young politician that he should be a pace ahead of his time. Often, as in the case of Britain's Aneurin Bevan, the shining locks of promise turn white before the step ahead is spanned. Pierre Mendès-France, who has often been compared with Bevan, is still young enough (46) to feel that the future is within his stride. Last week, the third in France's governmental crisis, Mendès-France asked the Chamber of Deputies to give him the power to lead a government.

A member of the Radical Socialist Par ty, which is in fact conservative, Mendès-France...

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