France: So That Tomorrow

Will Be like Today

Charles de Gaulle has toured his country 21 times since 1959, and as a result Frenchmen everywhere have grown accustomed to the towering figure mingling with crowds. But last week, as he set off on his latest trip, a junket through Picardy, there was an unusual air of curiosity: at 73, and recently out of the hospital after a prostate operation, how would De Gaulle stand up to four days of speeches and handshaking?

Perhaps as one concession to his convalescence, he did not travel in his usual speedy Citroen...

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