FRANCE: Open Window

Like two boxers eying each other across the ring, France's Charles de Gaulle and Algerian rebel "Premier" Ferhat Abbas last week sat waiting for the next diplomatic round. Silent hauteur was Paris' first response to the counterproposals with which Abbas and his "Cabinet" had met De Gaulle's offer of Algerian self-determination (TIME, Sept. 28). The rebels were still insisting that if France wanted a cease-fire in the five-year-old Algerian civil war, it must deal directly with their "provisional government." but this De Gaulle had barred from the beginning. Equally unacceptable to Paris was...

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