In the wings stood the waiting Charles de Gaulle, but doggedly holding the center of the parliamentary stage was Pierre Pflimlin, new Premier of France and head of France's 25th government since the war, in whose hands lay the fate of the Fourth Republic.

Early Life. Born Feb. 5, 1907, in the bleak industrial city of Roubaix in the north of France, the son of an Alsatian textile worker. Pflimlin means "little plum" in Alsatian dialect and is pronounced by the French fleem-lanh (London headline-writers have nicknamed him "Mr. Plum"). Studied law at the Catholic Institute of Paris, later earned his doctorate...

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