FRANCE: Man of Momentum

At 4 o'clock one morning last week, France's Premier Pierre Mendès-France drove through deserted Parisian streets to Le Bourget Airport. He was bound for another trouble spot—Tunis, the capital of strife-torn Tunisia. Having made a "cruel" peace in Indo-China because French colonialism had missed its opportunity there, he was determined that France should not make the same mistake in North Africa.

Six hours later Mendès rode through the heavily guarded streets of Tunis. In the vast crowd under the broiling sun women shouted, "Yo, yo, yo!"—the old Moslem chant of joy. When...

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