FRANCE: The Algeria Hurdle

To judge by statistics alone, the new French government of Socialist Guy Mollet was off to a sensational start, voted into power with the biggest plurality given to any Premier since 1947. The National Assembly elected Mollet by an impressive 420 to 71. "I have so many votes," said Mollet wryly, "I'd like to be able to save some for the next time."

And well he might. His actual political base in Parliament is so narrow that the first misstep is likely to send him tumbling. A huge chunk of supporting votes (150)...

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