FRANCE: Sheets in the Wind

Logic and politics seldom slip their feet between the same sheets.

—French political maxim

After three weeks without a government, logic demanded that France find a solution to her current parliamentary crisis. Grudgingly the politicians slipped into their red velvet seats in the National Assembly to hear what Premier-designate Maurice Bourgès-Maunoury had to say for himself. Alone on the bench where tradition requires candidate Premiers to sweat out their ordeal, youthful (42), high-domed little Bourgès-Maunoury had an attack of stage fright.

The grandson of a marshal of France, and an ex-army officer with a hard-earned World War II resistance record, he is...

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