France: An Identity of Views

President Charles de Gaulle last week picked a new Premier: Scholar-Banker Georges Pompidou, 50, a man who has never been elected to political office or served on a legislative body.

The resignation of Premier Michel Debré has been long rumored. Physically exhausted by his twelve-hour days as De Gaulle's errand boy, Debré has increasingly opposed, in private, De Gaulle's policy of centralizing authority in the presidency and his ignoring of the National Assembly. In the wake of De Gaulle's overwhelming victory in the national referendum approving the cease-fire agreement with the Algerian...

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