FRANCE: At the Stake

Ever since the British burned Joan of Arc. martyrdom by foreigners has been pure glory for a Frenchman. Hard-pressed by critics of his Algerian policy and urgently in need of tax funds to plug his cracking war economy. France's Premier Guy Mollet last week chose to risk glorious extinction, at the stake of the U.N. Security Council rather than be buried in the ignominy of domestic issues.

Late one afternoon last week, at the end of a long ministerial meeting in the mirrored Salon des Ambassadeurs at the Elysee Palace, grave, bespectacled Mollet rose from his place beside French President...

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