FRANCE: Between the Lines

The demarcation line that runs like a jagged wound across the face of France may look like a juridical fiction, but no frontier in the world is tougher to cross. To refugees, reporters and mail it opens and closes with an exasperating unpredict ability: it is harder to get a letter from Vichy to Paris than from Vichy to Timbuktu. Last week the U. S. saw its first copy of a partial solution: a standardized postcard with blanks to be filled in. Even with blanks it suggested the sufferings of Frenchmen today: "...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!