NORTH AFRICA: Under Pressure

Watching its North African territories slip away. France at long last read its lesson. Demanding powers to establish local government and to give natives equal voting rights in its other colonies in "Black Africa," the Mollet government declared: "We must not permit ourselves to be outstripped and dominated by events, to yield subsequently to demands when they express themselves in violent terms." By an amazing 477 to 99, the Assembly gave the government the powers it had requested. For good measure, the government itself belatedly approved reforms for Algeria. Sample: 50-50 shares for Algerian sharecroppers (to whom heretofore landlords...

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