A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 26, 1962

THE man on this week's cover is an outlaw, condemned to death in absentia by France. It is no light matter for TIME to give General Salan's face such prominence.

In recent weeks, CBS has got into difficulties with French authorities for showing a TV interview with Salan in his Algerian hideout, and an NBC reporter has not been allowed back into France because of a talk on France he gave while home in the States.

A country or a regime that feels itself in extreme danger may not be much moved by the argument...

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