France: Seeing De Gaulle Plain

Even by his own Olympian standards, Charles de Gaulle enjoyed a vintage year of mischief-making in 1967. Among other feats, he expelled NATO from French soil, summoned the Québecois to rebel against Canada, egged the British pound on to devaluation and—once more with feeling—vetoed British entry into the Common Market. The most commonly accepted diagnosis of Gaullist behavior credits the general with an obsessive but essentially honorable devotion to la grandeur of France. Such a view is entirely too charitable, argues Harold Kaplan in an article in the current New...

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