FRANCE: The Left Hand Is the Dreamer

Almost by stealth, and angrily denying it meant to do so at all, the French government sought some way to end the 33-month-old war in Algeria, which ties down 400,000 French soldiers.

Though nothing immediately came of it, there were signs that the rebels too were ready to negotiate. The Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) has shifted its headquarters from Nasser's propaganda-saturated Cairo to the relatively French-friendly atmosphere of Tunis, and also showed a willingness to accept the standing mediation offer of Tunisia's Premier Habib Bourguiba and Morocco's moderate Sultan Mohammed V....

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