EUROPE: Battle for France

The U.S. prepared to engage Russia in the Battle for Germany (at Moscow in March). But last week the Battle for France, also an important sector of the Battle for Europe, was well on the way to being lost. Arthur Koestler, brilliant novelist (Darkness at Noon) and acute observer of European affairs, reported (in the N.Y. Times Sunday magazine) what he had just seen in France. His report read like an obituary of Europe's hopes.

The most conspicuously shocking fact was that on the surface, French political life in the Third and Fourth Republics...

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