France: Fighting Chance

A prolonged economic crisis seemed to face France after its spring disorders and the huge wage increases that ended the general strike. Little more than two months later, that outlook has changed remarkably. Though still far from being out of danger, France has a fighting chance not only to recover from the strike but even to benefit from it.

To overcome the strike setbacks, Premier Couve de Murville has turned to "the only policy imaginable" — swift economic expansion. In keeping with that goal, the French Cabinet last week unveiled a 1969 budget that calls for an 11% increase in government...

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