FRANCE: The Test for De Gaulle

Barely 20 months after it destroyed one French republic, the unrelenting Algerian revolt last week threatened the life of another. Across the wide boulevards of Algiers crackled the sound all France had so long feared to hear—the sound of Frenchmen shooting at Frenchmen.

The trouble began one morning fortnight ago with Major General Jacques Massu, the wiry paratrooper who was front man for the May 13, 1958 Algiers military insurrection and now commands French forces in Algiers. In an interview with Hans Ulrich Kempski, star reporter for Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Massu complained that...

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