FRANCE: Pisa Passes

Nine times in his eight months in office Premier Robert Schuman, the lean, leaning tower of French politics, had tottered on the brink of failure. Nine times he survived a vote of confidence by margins as small as 33, 23 and 16 Assembly votes.

Last week he survived another crisis, the civil servants' strike, and then this week he crashed, a victim of the law of averages and of the almost mathematical perfection of the Socialist Party's stupidity.

For a while the civil servants' strike looked serious to everyone except Finance Minister René Mayer, in whose department it started, and who had...