FRANCE: Support from the U.S.

In northern Italy, emerging from the dark battleground sepulcher. General Charles de Gaulle fortnight ago was seen to sway a little and then steady himself against the stone portal. A photograph shot at that moment was the most commented-upon picture in the Parisian press last week. When so much hangs on one man, a whole nation anxiously watches him. At 68, Charles de Gaulle's eyesight is failing; without his thick-lensed glasses, he often fails to recognize people who shake his hand, and he suffers momentary blindness when he steps from shadow into...

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