FRANCE: The Uninvited

The time is 6:30 p.m., 88 years to the day after anti-Bonapartists raced through the streets of Paris proclaiming the end of Louis Napoleon's Second Empire and the birth of the Third French Republic. The scene: the Place de la Republique, in the heart of working-class Paris, where only four months ago a quarter of a million Parisians marched in protest against the death of the Fourth Republic and the return to power of Charles de Gaulle. The occasion: with full pomp and calculated circumstance, De Gaulle has come to the Place de...

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