France: The Duelists

The resort town of Evian-les-Bains, on the French side of the Lake of Geneva, seemed to be rushing the season last week. Colored lights were strung from public buildings, and some 13,000 tulips, pansies and violets were hastily planted in the town's public gardens. The gala preparations were meant not for sun-loving tourists, but for two delegations—one French, the other from the Algerian rebels—that are gathering in Evian in the hope of hammering out a peaceful settlement of the six-year-old Algerian war.

Negotiations will be held in the cream-colored Hotel du Pare, which was chosen mainly because its grounds can...

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