France: Desire Under the Helm

After posting three bulletins on the gates of Paris' Cochin Hospital, the doctors decided that the patient was recovering so well from his prostate operation that no further progress reports were needed. Charles de Gaulle's surgeon called him "un homme formidable!"

De Gaulle's first official visitor was Premier Georges Pompidou, who spent 20 minutes going over the agenda for the weekly Cabinet meeting at which he presided in the President's absence—and instituted a daring change: he allowed the ministers to smoke.

The Premier's progress as De Gaulle's deputy was intently regarded by French politicians. It is widely believed that if De...

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