NATO: Opening Duel

Last month Charles de Gaulle imperiously decreed that he wants all forces belonging to his 14 NATO partners removed from French soil by next April 1. He meant, of course, chiefly the Americans, whose 26,000 troops dwarf other national contingents, but he also intended to evict the NATO military headquarters in Rocquencourt, near Paris. Last week began the inevitable fencing aimed at delaying or modifying the departures. It was led off by some fancy footwork by the U.S.

Replying to the French eviction notice, the U.S. made it clear that it will need more time to move than De Gaulle wants...

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