FRANCE: Please Study My Plan


France's audacious Premier Pierre Mendes-France has won all his victories to date by confronting his opposition with clear-cut alternatives. Last week he applied this shrewd technique to EDC.

During more than two years of immo-bilisme and futile factional wrangles, no French Premier has dared to submit EDC to the National Assembly for approval, even though the French thought up the scheme. Nor has any Premier dared to tell the U.S. (which wants a German contribution to Western defense) the truth about EDC's chances in Parliament—the truth apparently being that there is not a findable majority in both houses for the treaty in...

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