FRANCE: Home Is the Hero

The French people were bursting with pride over the succes formidable of their little, black-browed Premier in the U.S. In six days, Pierre Mendes-France had dispelled most of U.S. officialdom's lingering suspicions that he was a neutralist at heart and all too willing to flirt with Russia. U.S. negotiators learned to respect his tough-minded realism, and ordinary bystanders compulsively burst into applause as he passed. "The American people took M. Mendes-France to their hearts,'' said U.S. Ambassador to France Douglas Dillon, "and I can fairly state that . . . Franco-American relations have never been better." Said the Gaullist Aurore,...

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