Iran: Charles at the Peacock Throne

In its 2,500 years, Persia has been overrun by conquerors ranging from Alexander the Great to Omar I the Caliph to Tamerlane. Never had it witnessed such a visitation as last week, when the grandeur of Charles de Gaulle met the pomp of the Peacock Throne.

At Teheran, le grand Charles was welcomed by Iran's Shahanshah, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi, and his lovely Empress, Farah Diba—who share dulcet memories of France, since the Shah first met his young Queen-to-be while she was an architecture student in Paris. Through flag-bedecked streets rode De Gaulle in a gilded state carriage. Along the route, crowds...

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