France: Le Grand Voyageur

All was in readiness. French embassy staffs in ten South American capitals busied themselves with last-minute details, while hard-eyed agents of the Sure-te kept all anti-Gaullists in Latin America under close scrutiny. The French cruiser Colbert, on which le grand voyage ur would reside during six of his 25 days abroad, had been refitted with special communications equipment, furniture from the French National Museums, and paintings by Rouault and Utrillo. In Buenos Aires a French-born cabinetmaker put the finishing touches on a 7-ft. 2-in. bed, while in Rio de Janeiro carpenters readied a...

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