FRANCE: The General Told Me

One day in 1970, in the last year of his life, Charles de Gaulle was walking on the grounds of his estate at Colombey les-Dcux Eglises with his aide-decamp, Colonel Jean d'Escrienne. During their chat, D'Escrienne asked the general to repeat the name of a politician he had mentioned. "So you plan to write a book about me some day," said De Gaulle. Last week D'Escrienne's book, Le Général m'a dit . . . (The General Told Me), was published in Paris. It contains no major political revelations, but abounds in illustrations of an extraordinary personality. A sampling:

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