France: Paris-Milan Express

Even as Charles de Gaulle called again last week for a "European Europe," a sizable piece of French industry slipped into the American orbit with his approval. Persuaded finally that ailing Machines Bull could boost its share of the computer market's sales and cut its losses only with proffered American help, De Gaulle reversed an earlier veto and allowed General Electric to come in and take what amounts to a controlling interest. Last week, after three months of negotiations, the terms and the extent of G.E.'s investment—$43 million—were agreed on.

For this sum, which will come from G.E. revenues abroad...

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