FRANCE: The Consecration of Facts

MENDÈS-FRANCE HAS WON HIS BET, cried the headlines. IT is THE END OF THE

WAR IN INDOCHINA.

From right to left, the editorials praised the stocky little Frenchman. "Tireless energy . . . firm determination," cheered the Socialist Midi Libre. "Authority and dignity . . . honor . . . loyalty," said the right-wing L'Aurore of Paris. "What Frenchmen, apart from sectarians blinded by hatred." asked the left-wing Combat, "could today refuse him their gratitude?" But Pierre Mendès-France was insistent: there must be no show of triumph upon his return from Geneva. He...

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