TUNISIA: Shrewd Agreement

In his methodical handling of difficult situations, 67-year-old Premier Charles de Gaulle has nowhere shown himself more adept than in his dealings with Tunisia's hard-pressed Premier Habib Bourguiba. De Gaulle's predecessors, by refusing to withdraw French troops from southern Tunisia, by meekly backing the French military's unauthorized bombing of the Tunisian village of Sakiet, were slowly driving away the man in Arab North Africa who had shown himself most friendly and understanding toward the West, and most resistant to Nasser. French ineptness was also pushing Bourguiba into deeper alliance with Algeria's...

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