FRANCE: The Three-Stage Rocket

With the cold judgment of the professional soldier, Charles de Gaulle faced up to the fact that he was surrounded. For weeks past, the Soviet Union had been pointedly stepping up its propaganda support to the Algerian rebels, while Peking trumpeted promises of military aid to them. The U.N. debate on Algeria, scheduled for early next month, was sure to create strains with the French Community nations in Africa. And with the advent of Jack Kennedy, who three years ago publicly spoke up for Algerian independence, De Gaulle suspected that he could no...

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