When France's gaunt General de Gaulle came to Washington last week it was exactly one year since he had marched into liberated Paris behind the might of U.S. arms. It was little more than 13 months since his last visit to the U.S., when he had repaid Franklin Roosevelt's cool reserve with a stiff hauteur of his own.

This time Charles de Gaulle was smiling, cordial, no longer unbending. His mission was obvious: to regain U.S. affection for France. He stepped out of the big, silvery Avro York plane jauntily, moved rapidly through the line of stiff-standing French officers to...

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