International: POUR LA FRANCE

Next week's most distinguished foreign visitor to Washington: France's Premier Rene Pleven.

Born: April 15, 1901, at Rennes, Brittany.

Height: 6 ft. 2 in., making him France's tallest politician after General Charles de Gaulle (6 ft. 4 in.).

Education: Doctorate in law, University of Paris.

Business Career: After flunking the difficult oral exams for a financial branch of the civil service, he entered private enterprise. Worked in Quebec for a telephone company, in Paris for U.S. investment bankers Blair & Co. Highly successful. As late as 1939, Pleven said: "Politics do not interest me."

Political Career: World War II forced him into politics.

In 1940 he joined...