FRANCE: Life with Papa

In the tense days a year ago, after the May 13 Algerian riots that started Charles de Gaulle on his way to power, one French Deputy pleaded: "Let us vote for him lest we lose the right to vote altogether." Last week, as the new Assembly of the Fifth Republic opened its first regular session, flabbergasted Deputies got a demonstration of just how much they had lost after all.

In the new Assembly, the Algerian and Saharan representation is so large (67 members) that the mushy North African dish couscous has become a...

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