WORDS THAT CHANGED THE REPUBLIC Three Letters That Cleared the Way for De Gaulle

Auriol's Conditions

To return to power legally and with broad support, De Gaulle needed the Assembly votes of the Socialists. The Socialist terms, expressed in a personal letter to De Gaulle by Vincent Auriol, 73, first President (1947-54) of the Fourth Republic:

WE have in the past clashed, and even been hurt [but] what do such personal differences matter in the drama that today tears apart the motherland?

Your direct reply to the men in revolt against national sovereignty in Algiers...

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