FRANCE: Tortured Mind

For four days and nights France's painful dialogue with itself sputtered and droned in the public amphitheater of parliament. The National Assembly, after months of deliberately avoiding a decision, was being asked to hint—timidly and tentatively—whether it will vote for or against the six-nation European Army and German rearmament when the real showdown comes early next year.

From the crescents of red plush seats, Deputy after Deputy went to the rostrum to speak the doubts of a nation too weak to defend itself, too proud to acknowledge its weakness even to itself,...

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