France: The Brotherhood

The grandeur that is Gaullism has always defied simple explanation, for it often seems that Charles de Gaulle, like the Cabots, speaks only to God. In a witty new book, The Gaullists—Ritual and Directory, French Journalist Pierre Viansson-Ponté, chief political correspondent for prestigious Le Monde, pokes skillfully at the inner Gaullist mysteries. The movement, Viansson-Ponté concludes, "consists neither of a doctrine nor of an organization, but simply of an experience lived through."

The High Mass, Sung. The most telling experience for Gaullists is to be in De Gaulle's presence, which is surrounded...

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