FRANCE: Poisoned Gift

To the rostrum in the National Assembly stepped three former Premiers of France, to discuss Socialist Premier Guy Mollet's request for sweeping powers in Algeria. Declared sardonic Georges Bidault, leader of the Roman Catholic M.R.P.: "As Pascal said 300 years ago, 'Justice without force is impotent. *We cannot accept the impotence of justice . . . Everyone must know that all France will fight for Algeria. I did not vote for your investiture. I will vote for the special powers."

Spry Septuagenarian Paul Reynaud, Premier when France fell to the Germans, was critical: "What are the deeds of the government?...

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