Europe: A Link for a Continent

The Romans, always alert to omens and portents, would never have gone through with the ceremony. A tremendous mountain storm sent vengeful bolts of lightning slashing across the slopes of Mont Blanc, and their thunderclaps shook the valleys below. The helicopter bearing Charles de Gaulle had to grope its way in heavy fog through the pass to Chamonix, and a nagging rain dropped a chill in the air.

Despite these problems, De Gaulle and Italian President Giuseppe Saragat snipped two symbolic ribbons one morning last week to open the world's longest auto tunnel (7¼ miles)...

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