France: The Prophet Heard From

A De Gaulle press conference has been described as a series of answers to which reporters are supposed to think up the questions. Even when the presidential monologue fails to offer any new "answers," the world has learned to listen. De Gaulle's latest appearance before the assembled press at the Elysée Palace, his first in six months, was as usual full of imperious generalities, lofty self-justification, and barbs for friend and foe. Since De Gaulle wears history well, and knows it, the occasion also offered some fairly startling historical silhouettes.

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