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,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!