FRANCE: Tortured Parting

The time had come for a parting of the ways. Pierre Mendès-France wrote to his friend Guy Mollet, the Socialist Premier of France: "Any policy that ignores the feelings and the misery of the native population leads, step-by-step, to loss of the Algerian people, to loss of Algeria itself, and finally, inevitably, to loss of all our possessions in Africa."

Mendès-France was leaving the government, after four months as a frustrated junior partner. He added: "I should like at least that my resignation should have the effect of a new. anguished appeal for the...

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