FRANCE: A Question of Confidence

By majority vote, members of the French Assembly last week declared France an international incompetent. They scorned the most elaborate reassurances ever offered any nation. They rejected controls on their old enemy painstakingly contrived at their own insistence by their best friends. Driven largely by personal malice and domestic intrigues, they gravely damaged any hope of a united Europe, flung back the proffered hand of friendship from their ancient foe, and jeopardized their own safety. Their decision—if it stood—left France in the position of a ward, for other nations to protect...

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