NORTH AFRICA: Purely Preventive

The assassination of turncoat Admiral Jean François Darlan, which gave the U.S. a chance to make a clean deal in North Africa, also gave French factionalists a chance to brew a political crisis. Two remarkably candid reports to the U.S. this week suggested that all was far from quiet beneath the top layer of General Henri Honore Giraud's government.

Broadcasting for CBS from Algiers, Charles Collingwood said that Giraud's arrest of twelve alleged co-conspirators in the Darlan case was part of a new struggle for power—"not only over North Africa but over the future of France."

"Every element of French politics...

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