FRANCE: Man in the Wings

Since the Fourth Republic was launched in December 1946, Charles de Gaulle has loitered not too patiently in the wings, waiting for his chance to make a grand entrance on the French political scene. In recent months he has lived quietly at his home in Colombey-les-deux-Eglises, leaving occasionally for speeches or visits to his headquarters in Paris, entertaining party strategists and army men. But when Georges Bidault of the M.R.P. (Popular Republicans) became Premier last month, rumors proliferated about a possible deal between Bidault and De Gaulle.

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