FRANCE: Most Likely to Succeed

The sequence was all too familiar. First there was the announcement from the Elysée Palace that the President was not well. Then came the news that yet another dinner, this time for the diplomatic corps, was being canceled and another meeting was being postponed, a crucial one scheduled for this week with West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. Finally, despite the insistence of his aides that Georges Pompidou was not seriously ill,* popular suspicion that he would resign and plunge France into an electoral campaign gained fresh ground.

The latest uncertainty comes at...

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