THE NATIONS: Again, De Gaulle

One troubled day in 1942 Britain's Harold Macmillan, then British representative at General Eisenhower's North African headquarters, wound up a policy discussion with France's Charles de Gaulle with the exasperated statement: "General, you are a most impossible man to deal with." Macmillan was not heard to repeat the remark last week, but the sentiment may well have crossed his mind. For last week, all by himself, Charles de Gaulle seemed to have succeeded in postponing summit talks, perhaps until next spring.

As the week began, Washington was talking clearly of a December summit,...

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