World: The Numbers Game

Remember how the French reluctantly confirmed that deal for the sale of some jet aircraft, maybe 15 or so, to Libya's new pro-Nasser regime? How Defense Minister Michel Debré later admitted that about 50 Mirage 5 ground-attack planes would actually be sold, but neglected to mention that 30 Mirage IIIE fighter-bombers and 20 Mirage III trainers were also included? How Debré grudgingly revealed two weeks ago that around 100 jets, rather than 50, were involved after all? And how, finally. Premier Jacques Chaban-Delmas soberly declared: "Our compatriots can be sure that any other...

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