A Letter From The Publisher: may 31, 1968

CURT PRENDERGAST, TIME'S Paris bureau chief for the past eight years, has been a professional De Gaulle watcher for even longer. He has been covering the general's troubles and triumphs ever since 1953—and from Algeria to Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, the job was never tougher than it was last week.

For days on end, TIME'S office was manned round the clock. As Paris shut down and communications came to a halt, press packets had to be driven to Brussels, four hours away, for relay to New York. But when gasoline reserves dwindled, even that link with the outside world became tenuous. Office supplies began to...

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