TUNISIA: Friendly Advice

Beset as he was by the EDC fight, Premier Mendès-France found time to keep one prior promise: an attempt to bring peace and stability to France's shaky, strife-torn North African empire in Tunisia. Mendès himself, in his first weeks in office, had promised the Bey of Tunis internal sovereignty and an all-Tunisian government. Last week talks designed to bring substance out of the shadow of the Mendès proposals began in Tunis.

To give the talks the best possible chance of success, Mendès restored to legal status the Neo-Destour Party of nationalists, outlawed since 1938. Several hundred Tunisians, held in isolation...

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