FRANCE: Anarchy or Dictatorship

Into the seething French political situation, General Charles de Gaulle dropped a sizzling torpedo last week:

"The present draft of the constitution [TIME, Sept. 23] would establish an omnipotent assembly and government . . . such a regime would risk leading us finally to anarchy or dictatorship. ... I believe that the direction followed up to now . . . is not the right direction. All my wishes go, then, to those who present themselves as candidates pledged to follow another direction."

In effect, he had asked Frenchmen to reject the coalition constitution...

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