FRANCE: Pompidou on the Run

ONLY a year ago, everything seemed to be going right for Georges Pompidou. Hailed abroad as the paradigm of the "new European man," respected at home as the faithful trustee of Gaullist order and stability, backed in the National Assembly by a lopsided 274-seat majority, the French President seemed infinitely less vulnerable than his peers in Bonn, certainly, and even London. "If we don't do anything foolish," Pompidou's ministers were saying, "we will stay in power for another 30 years."

All of a sudden, Pompidou's people have begun to talk about a different...

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