France: A Year of Silent Cannons

Since 1959, Charles de Gaulle has used each new year as the occasion for a major policy speech to the people of France. Last week, once again, he went before the television cameras to make sonorous pronouncements on the state of his nation, and to examine critically the state of the world.

De Gaulle began by emphatically assuring Frenchmen that they had never had it so good. "For France the year that has ended was, in sum, favorable. In contrast with other times which were cruel and agitated, and despite the alarmist cries of insatiable partisans, we have encountered no catastrophes....

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