World: Why France Erupted

WHAT ever happened to la grandeur? For ten years France appeared on the world scene like a golden phoenix miraculously resuscitated from the ashes of the Fourth Republic, the agony of the Algerian war, and the long shame of the Vichy collaboration with Hitler. The man who accomplished this miracle of recovery was Charles de Gaulle, who in 1958 took over a nation with a mere $19 million left in its treasury and even less moral credit around the world. He restored both the franc and France's prestige. He also restored French pride: even...

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