FRANCE: Nibbler at Work

France's new Premier Edgar Faure has set himself a characteristic goal: to steer a middle course between Mendès-France's contentious boldness and the do-nothingism of Mendès' predecessors. "I know people will talk about my having a small appetite," he said. "I don't eat everything in sight. I nibble."*

Last week Edgar Faure nibbled successfully at the budget, which has been hanging fire in the Assembly for three months. The Socialists, whose main business in life is looking after the government fonctionnaires, were demanding all-round increases of $371 million. Faure, who had offered a mere $137 million, smiled and upped the...

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