France: Toward Regionalism

When Allied troops stormed ashore at Normandy in 1944, the French Resistance there cut all telephone lines to Paris in an attempt to hamstring the Wehrmacht's response. The Germans, however, failed to realize that the lines had been put out of action, so the story goes, for Paris has always been aloof from the rest of France. For cen turies, the capital has been the nation's center of culture, business and politics.

The consequent imbalance of power has disturbed thoughtful Frenchmen for years.

In an incisive study of France's problems today entitled The...

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