FRANCE: The Juin Affair

The only living Marshal of France was sacked for flouting orders and openly attacking government policy. The Premier of France was roughed up in a mob scene beneath the Arc de Triomphe. For 20 miserable minutes the Minister of Defense was surrounded and threatened by a muttering, gesticulating gang of Parisians. That, in brief, was what was going on in Paris while on the other side of the world, at Dienbienphu, soldiers of France fought to glory.

The man who lit the fuse was seven-starred Marshal Alphonse Juin, 65, first 'soldier of France, vice president of France's national defense council, commander...

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