ALGERIA: Back to the Fight

The hope of peace in Algeria, which seemed a possibility in January, has vanished now. The somber message that Charles de Gaulle delivered to army units in Algeria (TIME, March 14) might have cheered some European settlers in Algeria, but it pleased hardly anyone else. Despite all the later "clarifications" from embarrassed French spokesmen in Paris, De Gaulle seemed convinced that independence for the Algerians was out of the question, and a "military solution" against the F.L.N. rebels was the only answer, since they had spurned his "peace of the brave."

Last week it was the rebels' turn to express...

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