France: Fertile Games

Charles de Gaulle has a contemptuous phrase for the Cabinet-shuffling by which French governments were once formed: "the sterile games of yesterday." Thus it seemed somehow odd for De Gaulle himself to be indulging in that sort of thing. All last week, in a process familiar during the days of the Fourth Republic, official black Citroëns shuttled to and from the beige stone prime-ministerial residence on the Rue de Grenelle bearing nervously hopeful politicians to discuss posts in a new Cabinet. De Gaulle, operating through his faithful Premier, Georges Pompidou, was at...

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