FRANCE: The Assassination

The manner of EDC's passing did credit to no one. Premier Pierre Mendès-France. famed man of decision, refused to decide. Deputies pleaded with him to give a clear lead; he would not.

"It was an assassination, not even an execution, for the witnesses were not called and the verdict was given in the most irresponsible manner imaginable," said one Frenchman.

Before the debate had run two days, EDC's friends felt their cause was lost, and sought to delay. They even offered a motion urging Mendès to return to Brussels for one more try at persuading other EDC partners to accept his...

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