National Affairs: Fraternit

At 48, Maurice Couve de Murville is the youngest French ambassador to come to the U.S. since the late famed Jules Jusserand arrived in 1902. He is also a brilliant diplomat and a candid analyst of his country's political ailments. Last week, in a Manhattan speech, Ambassador Couve de Murville expressed some bluntly realistic thoughts.

"Certainly we Frenchmen know our own weaknesses better, you may be sure, than any outsider. We cannot conceal from ourselves the consequences of our political instability, the insufficient development of our economy, or our weakness in military power. You...

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