The Press: Le Monde at Bay

Among Paris' 14 French-language dailies, one paper—Le Monde (circ. 150,000) —stands head & shoulders above the rest. Though "neutralist" in politics, its devotion to responsibility in journalism is such that it is often called the New York Times of Paris. A fortnight ago Le Monde readers got a shock. Many of them, who fear that the U.S. will leave France holding the sack if the Russians ever invade Western Europe, found a piece of "news" that confirmed their worst suspicions.

Le Monde printed excerpts from a report supposedly written by U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral William M. Fechteler, which asserted...

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