Foreign News: The Triangle

Among other things, a question of money last week disturbed Charles de Gaulle's always tempestuous relations with Washington and London.

The Allied Command had taken "military money" into France—franc notes backed by nothing except the noncommittal printing on the currency (TIME, June 19). But to the Gaullists, the main issue was not the currency itself, however dubious its worth. It was simply that no U.S. or British authority had any business floating currency in France. That, said the Gaullists, was solely the function of Frenchmen. When the Allied command supplied its soldiers with non-French "francs," the whole principle of French sovereignty was...

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