The Middle East: The Armorers of Araby

THE MIDDLE EAST The Armorers of Araby When France's President Georges Pompidou journeys to Washington next month, he hopes to thaw the chill in Franco-American relations caused by the policies of his predecessor. Last week, however, Pompidou's government took a step that will make the thawing more difficult. France agreed to sell 50 Mirage supersonic jets to Libya, a move that may well complicate efforts to avert a new Middle East war by maintaining a balance of arms between Israel and the Arab states.

Even as U.S. Ambassador Sargent Shriver was talking about France's growing arms sales to the Arab states...