Foreign News: The Best Defense

"My center is collapsing, my right retreats, the situation is excellent, I shall attack." That mild-mannered ex-school master, Premier Guy Mollet, pulled out his copybook last week and took a timely lesson from Marshal Foch at the 1918 Battle of the Marne. Deserted by his coalition partner, Mendes-France, under withering bombardment from all sides for his handling of the North African crisis, Socialist Mollet marched out to demand a vote of confidence from the Assembly.

The Right had been all set to shell him for freeing Tunisia and Morocco without winning Arab help in...

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