TUNISIA: Second Look

In Tunis too, the bright promise of local autonomy that Premier Mendès-France brought (TIME, Aug. 9) was already being tarnished by old habits of suspicion. The venerable (72) Bey of Tunis, with Mendès' backing, appointed Tahar Ben Amar, 68, one of the protectorate's biggest landowners, to be Premier. He was certainly as pro-French as anyone could wish. But he immediately ran into difficulties.

Tunisia's 250,000 French colons, knowing that in any local government they would be swamped by Tunisia's 3,000,000

Arabs, were angry at Mendès' promise of autonomy within the French Union. They denounced Mendès-France as a "Judas Iscariot"; planeload after...

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