People: Dec. 10, 1965

After the weekly Cabinet meeting, French Premier Georges Pompidou, 54, took over as le boss of the new Haul Comité pour la Défense et l'Expansion de la Langue Française, formed to ferret out all the linguistic "degradation and corruption" of franglais in the land where tons les types enjoy le shopping at le drugstore, having a whisky-soda or gin and tonic served by le barman while they watch the playboys with sex appeal in smokings (tuxes) stroll by on their way to le dancing or le striptease. Ah, M. Pompidou. Hélas, quel job!

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