France: De Gaulle & Business

France's economy has benefited immensely in recent years from two simultaneous developments: the rise to power of Charles de Gaulle and the establishment of the six-nation Common Market in 1958. Since De Gaulle became President, he has helped make the franc a solid, stable currency for the first time in half a century, and the economy has mostly boomed. Since the Common Market was started, France's industrial exports to the other five members have tripled, and its farm exports have almost quadrupled. But when these two forces come into conflict—De Gaulle is obviously trying to undermine the Common Market—which...

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