FRANCE: OU Va ton?

At Nice, where the infrequent clouds have a bright blue-and-silver lining, the city fathers spent 50,000,000 francs ($419,800) to put as amusing a face as possible on France's current history. One giant mask in this year's annual carnival (see cut) represented the 1940 German knockout blow, another Occupation's heavy hand, a third the joys and hopes of Liberation. A fourth was labeled "OÙ va t'on?" (Where do we go from here?). That one symbolized the France which last week teetered ominously between fresh hope and fresh...

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