FRANCE: The Exact Middle

Pierre Mendès-France talked the language of action, used such expressions as "original," "daring," "the need for a psychological shock." "You must choose," was his challenge to the Assembly. His fellow Radical Socialist Edgar Faure talks the language of moderation and gradualism, speaks of "carom shots," and "economic billiards." "If you can't get over an obstacle, go around it," he likes to say. Last week the French Assembly chose to go around with Faure.

For three weeks, as French movie audiences cheered pictures of Mendès and booed the procession of Old Guard leaders to...

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