NATO: Sparring for Positions

Charles de Gaulle and his 14 North Atlantic Treaty Organization "partners" were still sparring for positions before the bargaining sessions begin over the timetable for the withdrawal of NATO forces from France and France's future logistical arrangements with the Atlantic Alliance.

As usual, the French President last week got in the sharpest jabs. In answer to West Germany's insistence that France may keep its 27,000 troops and airmen in Germany only if they accept a role in common-defense planning, De Gaulle had his Secretary of Information pass the word that "France does not want to keep her troops in Germany anyhow."...

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