FRANCE: Vision of Victory

"The affairs of France are difficult. But they are not insoluble." In this mood of cautious optimism, General Charles de Gaulle last week moved unflinchingly toward another great moment of reckoning for his regime.

In a courtroom in Algiers earlier in the week, Jacef Saadi, onetime boss of Moslem terrorists in the Algiers casbah (TIME, Oct. 7), astounded his French judges by "rallying to De Gaulle." Saadi offered no apologies for the murders he had committed in the name of the Algerian people—and for which the court promptly sentenced him to death. But, said he, "if General de Gaulle had...

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