France: Calling Charles Back

After dinner one night last week, Charles de Gaulle donned a blue dressing gown and retired to the study of his stone farmhouse at Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, leaving orders that he was not to be disturbed. Perhaps with some foreboding (if he believed all the experts), De Gaulle turned on his TV set and concentrated on an election that might keep him in Colombey the rest of his days. When it became clear that the voting for a new National Assembly had turned into a landslide for Gaullist candidates, France's President could not resist...

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