FRANCE: Incautious Invitation

Even the most dedicated French parliamentarians are beginning to question how long the Fourth Republic's weak parliamentary system—of ineffectual Premiers and squabbling Assembly—can or should last. The latest critic: Robert Schuman, himself head of two of France's 24 postwar governments, and now newly elected president of the European Parliamentary Assembly. In the course of a speech on European integration given at the University of Virginia, Schuman injected a "marginal and probably incautious remark." Said he:

"From our experiences in the first World War, we knew how important it was to give one man the responsibility of organizing and leading troops of...

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