France: Speaking His Mind

For more than half a year, Charles de Gaulle has said little in a direct way about the war in Viet Nam. Last week, fresh from his grand tour of Russia, he spoke up. In a host's toast to the King and Queen of Laos on the eve of Bastille Day celebrations, De Gaulle declared that "France condemns this war."

France "can do so all the better since it withdrew its administration and military forces from Indo-China twelve years ago," he intoned, "thus leaving North Viet Nam, South Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos complete self-determination." Thus he conveniently ignored the...

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