France: Detente Cordiale?

Charles de Gaulle, who in private conversation once described President Kennedy as an "adversary," has been getting along no better with the Johnson Administration. From NATO to the U.N., Latin America to Red China, there is hardly an issue or an area in world politics on which France has not taken a stand at variance with U.S. policy. The activities of some French officials in Southeast Asia often lead exasperated U.S. diplomats stationed there to wonder if France is not actually trying to thwart U.S. efforts to keep the area from falling to...

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