Foreign News: Trouble Back Home

Implicit in De Gaulle's tribute to the British version of parliamentarianism was his longstanding contempt for the system as it is practiced in France. But ironically, in the midst of his triumphal visit to Britain, his scorn had brought his popularity at home to its lowest ebb since he took power in 1958.

Most conspicuous among the discontented were France's farmers, who find themselves in a painful economic squeeze caused by De Gaulle's abolition of the parity index linking farm and industrial prices. A month ago, a majority of France's Deputies demanded a special National Assembly session on the farm problem. De...

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