FRANCE: Au Revoir?

In three minutes France's uneasy unity flew apart. President Charles de Gaulle summoned his ministers to the presidential offices in the dingy old War Ministry building in the Rue St. Dominique. Said he: "I have had enough. I do not want to assume direction of a Government in which political parties or groups do not cease to attack me." Then his long legs carried him from the room, past saluting sentries, to his car which drove him to suburban Neuilly. There, like any good bourgeois, Charles de Gaulle had a hearty Sunday dinner before going for a drive in the...

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