NATO: Harbingers of Spring

In NATO's new Paris headquarters last week, the glow of cheer was nearly as bright as the premature spring sunshine that caressed strollers on the Champs Elysées. For one thing, France-Soir, biggest of Paris dailies, reported that Charles de Gaulle had instructed his top brass: "You make arrangements with the Atlantic organization for air and naval cooperation. I personally will settle with Eisenhower the problems of stocking U.S. atomic bombs in France." For more than a year, De Gaulle's open hostility to the NATO concept of integrated Western defense had given the alliance an embarrassing hole in the center....

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