In the customary fashion, France's Deputy Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann set out on an oratorical tour of the cold-war world one day last week from the rostrum of the United Nations General Assembly. Suddenly he put down for a surprise landing in Indo-China. Was it not possible, he asked, to negotiate an end to the seven-year-old Indo-China war?

Perhaps, said Schumann, Russia and Red China would be willing to discuss a negotiated Indo-China peace at the impending Korean peace conference, or right after it. "Certain unofficial declarations," said he, "might have led to the thought that the two powers which...

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