FRANCE: Glory with Reservations

As much to honor the Fifth Republic as the Revolution that led to the First, Charles de Gaulle's Minister of Culture, Novelist Andre Malraux. had promised "a July 14 like no other." The 170th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille became, like every Bastille Day. a barometer of France's mood. This time the motif was military and the official theme was glory.

Some Parisian newspapers found it incongruous that a regime so regal as that of De Gaulle's should have appropriated Bastille Day. the anniversary of the people's Revolution. But Andre Malraux...

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