FRANCE: Divided Rally

For six lonely years, a long-legged lamppost of a man who lives in an unpretentious country manor 125 miles southeast of Paris has been watching and waiting for the jerry-built Fourth Republic to collapse at his feet, as he always said it would. General Charles de Gaulle, at 61, still believes that in the "hour of catastrophe" France will thrust aside its inefficient coalitions, and turn instead to the only political force which has uncompromisingly opposed every postwar government it could not control: his own militant Rally of the French People (R.P.F.).

Since 1946, when Le Grand Charles walked out of...

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