FRANCE: Now or Never

Premier Pierre Mendèes-France had only a week to go on his promise to get peace in Indo-China or quit. Even those who considered him merely resolute for surrender could not help admiring his energy and decisiveness.

However much anyone could question his aims, no one could question Mendèes' courage. Last week he walked into an Assembly that resents the way he has gone over its head to the people, and told the deputies in his flat, staccato tones: "If the negotiations should fail on July 20, we would have to safeguard the expeditionary corps ... In other words, it means...

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