FRANCE: A Reluctant Yes

On a crisp, sunny day Frenchmen last week reluctantly adopted their 14th Constitution—a tripartite compromise draft neither rightist fish nor leftist fowl—rather than heed the adamantine voice of General Charles de Gaulle. Final score: 9,126,370-to-8,043,366 (complete except for a few overseas votes). Explained a Paris shopkeeper:

"We can't go on voting for constitutions forever. It is evident this Assembly can't produce a better one, so there's no use sending it back for more doctoring. De Gaulle will probably be proved right . . . but we have got to get on to...

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