FRANCE: Critique

To the Hotel de Ville in Algiers, overlooking the palm-skirted harbor, stalked General Charles de Gaulle last week to address the maiden session of the new French Consultative Assembly. Through cheering crowds De Gaulle passed into the high-ceilinged chamber. He mounted the rostrum, faced a room filled with Liberation Committee members, Allied diplomatic observers, and Assembly delegates, many of whom had come directly from Occupied France. Looking down, De Gaulle saw General Henri Honore Giraud. And perhaps in his mind's eye he could see France too—Strasbourg, Metz, Lyon, Marseilles, Paris. Said he, grimly and pointedly:

"France . . . has...

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