Foreign News: Numbered Days

Behind the big smile that Pierre Mendès-France wore on his statesman's rounds last week was a disappointed and embittered man. After seven months in office, Mendès-France agrees with the popular estimate that his days as Premier are numbered—and that the number is a low one.

The Premier has grown increasingly remote. Most of the bright young brain-trusters who clustered about him in the early days and spouted eager advice while a barber shaved him or a waiter served lunch have been banished from the inner chambers. For intimate guidance, Mendès now relies on only...

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