FRANCE: Positively

FRANCE Positively In the uncontrovertible style of William Tecumseh Sherman's "I will not accept if nominated, and will not serve if elected,"* France's genial President Vincent Auriol, 68, last week put a crisp end to rumors that he would seek a second seven-year term this fall. "I will not be a candidate for my own succession, either in the third round of voting or the two hundredth," he said.

*General' Sherman was even more explicit in a letter to James G Elaine: "... I would account myself a fool, a madman, an ass, to embark now, at 65 years of age,...

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