FRANCE: Keeping Its Place

Last month, shortly after Neighbor Britain announced that it would build H-bombs, Premier Edgar Faure announced almost casually that France would follow suit. "If things go on as they are," Faure explained, "there will be a line dividing great and powerful nations . . . that have thermonuclear means, and inferior countries. France cannot take a place among 'second-class' great powers." Faure's decision appealed to Frenchmen's pride, but it threatened to dig too deeply into their pockets. If France wants to join the H-bomb club, warned Faure's own Ministry of Finance, higher taxes will be needed...

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