Foreign News: The Old Game

In the year since he returned to power in France, the image of Charles de Gaulle, statesman, had half erased the image of Charles de Gaulle, temperamental Free French leader of World War II. Last week the world's memory was sharply refreshed. In a move that caught his allies flatfooted, De Gaulle denounced a longstanding agreement that obligated France to put one-third of its Mediterranean fleet under NATO command in time of war.

Like most of his famous World War II gestures of defiance, De Gaulle's action was calculated to inflict a minimum of...

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