France: In Quest of Unity

Not the least of Charles de Gaulle's gifts to France is the unprecedented six years of political stability provided by his Fifth Republic. De Gaulle is hardly reluctant to remind his country of the fact, making frequent and scornful references to the "parties of yesteryear" and the "kaleidoscope of governments" that preceded him. It is all pretty galling to the traditionally splintered parties of French democracy, which feel certain that there must be more to politics than simply a perpetual majority for le grand Charles.

Only in unity can the Gaullist opposition ever regain real strength, and the man who...

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