World: Aux Armes, Automobilistes!

France, which came to terms quite easily with jet planes and nuclear weapons, last week conceded it cannot cope with the horseless carriage. Some 5,000 irate citizens jammed Paris' Palais des Sports—and 10,000 more were turned away—for the first meeting of the newly formed Syndicat National des Automobilistes. Their purpose: to protest the government's indifference to the motorists of France.

Napoleon's Width. What rubs salt in the wound is that the French claim to have invented the automobile, either in 1873, when one Amedée Bollée built a steam car that was driven from Paris to Bordeaux, or in 1891, when Rene Panhard...

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