France: Sparks Across the Channel

For a man so insistent on having his own sensibilities taken into account, Charles de Gaulle has a gargantuan capacity for being indifferent to everyone else's. Last week, having stood France's friends and neighbors on their ears, De Gaulle triumphantly surveyed the scene for the benefit of some 120 newly elected National Assembly Deputies in a reception at Elysée Palace.

De Gaulle, whose attitude toward economics is vague at best, loftily explained to the Deputies why the U.S. wanted Britain in the Common Market: "The Americans are giving away their products to the South Americans, the Africans, and even the Arabs....

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