France: The Referendum: De Gaulle Has as Good as Won

After the French Parliament passed its vote of censure against the De Gaulle Cabinet early this month, theoretically toppling the government, Le Grand Charles turned to his Premier, Georges Pompidou. "You must admit,'' he said, "that at least we're not bored."

Neither was the rest of France last week, as De Gaulle fought to win his Oct. 28 referendum, which proposes direct election of future Presidents.

Still Fighting. One night a familiar scene flashed on television. At a Louis XV desk in the library of the Elysée Palace sat De Gaulle, erect as an Alp, puffed face serene, aging voice steady....

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!