NATO: As France Sees It

Charles de Gaulle's insistence that NATO forces get off French soil has not only distressed his 14 NATO allies but confused a good many people who find it difficult to follow the general's sometimes Byzantine reasoning. Last week, replying to an unsuccessful censure motion by opposition Deputies who disagree with De Gaulle's tactics, French Premier Georges Pompidou delivered the most lucid exposition to date of the De Gaulle attitude toward NATO. Its remarkable contention: NATO is a U.S. device that in effect spares U.S. and Russian territory in any nuclear conflict by inviting a nuclear exchange "between the Atlantic...

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