FRANCE: Would You Be So Cowardly

The President of France is not expected to voice his opinion on matters of government policy. When he speaks, it is by tradition in the voice of the nation as a whole, united above partisan politics. Last week, at a luncheon in Alsace-Lorraine, France's aging (75) President Rene Coty rose and spoke his mind on a subject that has provoked some of the most bitter partisanship in the history of French politics—Algeria.

"To states that dare to accuse France of colonialism," he asked, "is there not a Frenchman proud to answer, in which...

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