World: A SUDDEN PARTING: How Pompidou Was Fired

The leader must aim high, show that he has vision, act on a grand scale. —Charles de Gaulle (1932)

There cannot be a couple at the head of state. Only one man can be in charge. Otherwise, the people get the impression that the No. 2 man is doing the steering. —De Gaulle (1967)

ALL his life, Charles de Gaulle has pondered the mystique of power. Last week, true to his own egocentric reasoning, he applied his maxims in a government shift that dumfounded his countrymen, angered the Gaullist party and raised doubts in...

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