World: Association or Else

The pink curtains of the Elysée Palace's Salle des Fêtes parted, and a veteran performer stepped out to play a familiar, lordly role. Jauntily, Charles de Gaulle waved his arm at the 800 newsmen, adjusted his glasses and looked nearsightedly around for the first question. When it proved to be about Algeria, he quipped: "Now there's a question one might call pertinent." He beckoned a few more questions in, snapped "That's enough," and launched into a statement on Algeria. "The whole world is waiting," he said.

The Choice. De Gaulle offered the F.L.N. a blunt alternative: freedom in association with France, or...

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