FRANCE: The Wand & the Word

Algeria, technically a part of metropolitan France since 1848, was the only part of France to hold no election this week. But it was not forgotten: Algeria was the central, most heated issue in the French election.

From the Basses-Pyrenees to the Haut-Rhin, from the Pas-de-Calais to the Bouches-du-Rhone, voters had good reason to think of Algeria: many of their sons and husbands are there. Unlike the war in Indo-China, where only volunteers were sent (many of them Germans in the Foreign Legion, or African Negroes), the police action in Algeria has been...

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