France: Pebbles in the Pond


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As a nation, France has seemed to be dying all through the 20th century. It was bled white of its young men in World War I, humiliatingly beaten and overrun by the Nazis in World War II, and spent the postwar years futilely trying to put down a succession of colonial revolts, while at home governments fell and Premiers came and went amid the clamor of scuffling Deputies in the National Assembly. Only fading memories remained of the ancient days when the lily banners of the French kings triumphed from one end of Europe to the...

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