ALGERIA: In the Scales

In the sixth year of the Algerian war, thanks to the patient, often oblique maneuverings of Charles de Gaulle, France was negotiating from a far stronger position than anyone could have predicted two years earlier.

Militarily, the F.L.N. rebels were at a low ebb. F.L.N. terrorism, which as late as 1957 killed scores of Algerian civilians every week, is now confined to occasional and increasingly infrequent bombings. Some 20,000 well-equipped F.L.N. fighters stationed in Tunisia still keep 35,000 French troops tied up along the electrified Morice Line, but rebel breakthrough attempts are...

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