FRANCE: Oui to De Gaulle

Premier Charles de Gaulle asked France for a vote of confidence and this week got a thunderous shout of approval. An overwhelming 80% of French voters plumped for his version of the Fifth Republic. In De Gaulle's home village of Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, where the Premier was an early-morning voter at the town hall, 'the count on his referendum was oui, 195; non, 1. De Gaulle telephoned friends in Paris to assure them he was not the dissident voter.

The Gaullist sweep buried the opposition. De Gaulle won even in the virulently Red district of Communist Boss Maurice Thorez. In Louviers, whose...

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