FRANCE: Closer & Closer

In Paris last week, nightmare fear and an almost incredible hope ran side by side.

In an atmosphere of high mystery, France and the F.L.N. rebels moved ever closer to the direct negotiations that could put an end to five years of bloodshed in Algeria. Day after day, diplomats and intermediaries crisscrossed North Africa to exchange hints and glances in the feverish, delicate task of preparing bargaining positions. Rebel "President" Ferhat Abbas flew to Rabat to consult Morocco's King Mohammed V, whose son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, had established direct contact with Charles de Gaulle. The Paris weekly Jours de...

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