Algeria: Can De Gaulle Call a Halt?

Alarmed by the growing wave of nationalization of French-owned property, the government of Charles de Gaulle last week demanded a new round of diplomatic talks with Algeria. France's complaint: Premier Ahmed ben Bella's headlong plunge into socialism is in serious violation of the 1962 Evian ac cords, which granted Algeria independence. At a National Assembly budget hearing, Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing hinted that French aid to Algeria might be slashed by amounts equal to "compensation that would be due French citizens for nationalizations or spoliations."

Strongman Ben Bella gave his answer...

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