FRANCE: New Course

"Now is the time for all who fear seasickness to take to the lifeboats. The rest of you must cling to the mast." In these ringing quarter-deck tones, President Charles de Gaulle last week warned his ministers that he had set a course into the eye of the storm. His decision: to speed a solution toward an "Algerian republic." The U.S. had just elected a President who in 1957 stirred up a flurry in France by declaring that "the independence of Algeria" was "the essential first step" in North Africa. The Algerian rebels are pressing Morocco hard to grant...

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