FRANCE: I Want a Man . . .

The French public's reaction to political crisis is almost as stylized as the crises themselves. The first stage is cynicism, the next amusement, followed by bored indifference. Presumably, if a crisis ever lasted long enough, the French people would become exasperated enough to demand reform, but since the war that stage has never come. Last week the public was plainly in the third stage of bored indifference.

It was 2:20 a.m. when the National Assembly duly mowed down Socialist Guy Mollet by a vote of 290 to 227, and the French national radio did not even bother to stay on...

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