France: End of the War

Buried on page 15,385 of the U.S. Federal Register last week was a brief announcement in almost incomprehensible officialese. Its well-hidden message: the U.S. Government has ended its 75-day war against all imports from France containing nickel. Washington banned the imports last October (and promptly impounded more than a dozen shipments) because France's giant Le Nickel had been buying large amounts of nickel oxide from Castro's Cuba. Shipments could resume, said the U.S., if the French would guarantee that they contained no Cuban nickel.

The French government, according to the U.S. announcement, has now agreed to do just that; it...

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