It had been a sickly creature from the beginning, so there was neither surprise nor shock last week when the 19th postwar government of France died. Its demise merely added the exclamation point to a long and melancholy sentence.
For Frenchmen it brought the familiar word "crisis" back into the headlines, but no assurance that the politicians' response would be equal to the danger.
For France's allies it increased the conviction that France is unwilling or unable to take its proper place as a world power.
It increased the possibility that France would give up the fight and lay Indo-China open to...