FRANCE: The Guillotine Falls

For 3½ harrowing years, out of deference to an old ally, the U.S. has been playing along with the increasingly absurd legal fiction that revolt-torn Algeria is just another French province, like Normandy or Brittany. Last week the U.S. finally dropped a strong hint that it was not prepared to play make-believe with France much longer.

The hint came amidst another one of those periodic paroxysms of French politics, in which Félix Gaillard, France's 24th Premier since the war, was driven from office in a flurry of anti-American cries. What brought him down was an irresponsible coalition—Communists who demand peace...

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