France: The Bloody Clouds

In a broadcast to the French nation last week. President Charles de Gaulle confidently promised that the Algerian problem "will be thoroughly resolved" by July 1. On that date, he predicted, the Moslem majority will vote for independence in the Algerian referendum and the French army will begin a gradual, three-year withdrawal. Thus France will be freed for a more active role in the world* and, De Gaulle implied, for the task of constitutional reform that would make a strong executive a permanent feature of French life. As for the "last bloody...

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