FRANCE: Days Are Numbered

There was a slow-gathering presentiment of crisis in France. President de Gaulle himself seemed to share it, for a new note crept into his discourses. He talked of "the abyss at our feet" if France were disunited. To a rain-soaked crowd at Chambery in the foothills of the Alps, he appealed in almost anguished tones for national unity. "I have no other reason for being, you well know, than this unity. I am in a way the symbol of it, the guarantee; events have willed it so. It is the service that I can perform in the days...

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