World: THE TRANSITION TEAM

De Gaulle named a veteran French diplomat and a recently jailed Moslem businessman to preside over Algeria's difficult transition to nationhood.

Christian Fouchet, 50, becomes French High Commissioner and "Custodian" of French power until full independence, between three and six months from now, with responsibility for defense and the maintenance-of law and order "in the last resort," i.e., against the European terrorists of the S.A.O., who have already decreed Fouchet's death. A strapping, six-foot athlete with a cannonball serve in tennis and a fondness for quoting the plays of Jean (The Madwoman of Chaillot) Giraudoux, Fouchet has a reputation for plain speaking...

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