FRANCE: The Providential Man

FRANCE The Providential Man Out of the kaleidoscopic confusion of events in France emerged two arresting facts. In his first seven days in power Charles de Gaulle had managed to give his country firmer government than it had known in the preceding seven years. And in the process the stiff old soldier from Colombey-les-Deux Eglises had displayed precisely the two qualities his critics insisted that he lacked—a talent for conciliation and a mastery of political maneuver worthy of a Talleyrand or a Tammany sachem.

The first glimpse of the new De Gaulle came...

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