ALGERIA: The Reluctant Rebel

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On both sides of the broad Algerian boulevard stood columns of red-bereted French paratroopers, Tommy guns slung across their chests. Inside the square 15,000 Algerians—Moslem and European —gazed expectantly at the towering figure on the distant rostrum. They had come to hear General Charles de Gaulle abandon his Delphic evasion and spell out his plans for stanching the wounds of France and Algeria.

"Last Sunday," boomed the deep voice from the rostrum, "3,500,000 men and women of Algeria, without distinction of community and in complete equality, gave France and myself their...

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