France: Baptism at Evian

Mayor Camille Blanc of Evian-les-Bains, a quiet resort town on the French side of Lake Geneva, set out thousands of tulips in the town square and issued a message of assurance. The peace talks scheduled to begin there this week between France and the Algerian rebels would not turn the place into a madhouse, he said. "Don't worry, it will be a season just like any other year." A Resistance hero, the burly mayor owned the tidy Beau-Rivage Hotel and was the most popular man in town. He did not mention the threatening letters he had received from French ultras,...

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