ALGERIA: Partition or Else

Intent on making lively the arrival of France's Premier Michel Debré in Algeria, six men sat around a table in an Algerian village tinkering with the timing device of a bomb. The bomb exploded and the six were blown to bits.

The situation in Algeria was not that explosive but nearly as uncertain. Debré came to sound out the political climate before next month's cantonal elections, in which De Gaulle hopes to see loyal Moslems elected who can discuss the promised "self-determination" referendum on Algeria's future. But before he returned to Paris, Debré took to the radio to make bluntly...

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