FRANCE: War by Little Packets?

In Paris the atmosphere was reminiscent of the bitter closing days of the Indo-China war. Editorialists summoned their darkest tones, politicians warned of "the line of last defense," headlines cried: TO LOSE ALGERIA IS TO LOSE FRANCE. Premier Guy Mollet, in the center of it all, havered uncomfortably. Once again irresolution was at the helm in France.

Minister Resident in Algeria Robert Lacoste hurried back to Paris in a mood of desperate urgency, and with a proposal that combined threat and promise. He asked for another 200,000 men to reinforce the 230,000...

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