FRANCE: The Coming of Boum

For France, it was a time of anxious waiting. At Melun, 30 miles southeast of Paris, official representatives of France and of Algeria's Moslem rebels met for the first time in 5½ years. On the outcome of their talks hung the hopes of an end to the Algerian war.

For days, Algeria's rebels had backed and filled over Charles de Gaulle's renewed and more generous offer of peace negotiations (TIME, June 27). At first they refused to fly in an official French plane. Then, taking passage in a Tunis Air DC-4, the rebels finally dispatched a three-man "advance guard" headed by...

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