France: Magic on the Meuse

As President Charles de Gaulle began his tour of northeastern France last week, all the auguries were bad. Weeks of rising prices, strikes and farm discontent were reflected in the most recent public opinion poll showing that only 42% of French voters are satisfied with the job that De Gaulle is doing.

De Gaulle's provincial ramble, the first since Secret Army gunmen tried to kill him last year at Petit-Clamart, began at Sedan, where so many jubilant thousands crowded the square before city hall that De Gaulle called upon his critics to note...

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