France: The Power of Choice

If it should happen Dec. 19 that the French people decide to put General de Gaulle aside, to disown that which is part of their history and—excuse me for believing this—for the present a national necessity . . . this would be an immense misfortune for the country.

That was Charles de Gaulle fighting for his political life on French television last week, apologizing for the views that for seven years he was wont to deliver from his haughty isolation in the Elysée. Instead, a fascinated France saw a new De Gaulle, submitting...

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