ALGERIA: Hesitant Insurrection

The tinder in Algeria had been lying there for years, ready to be lighted.

Once before, when the Frenchmen of Algiers were convinced that a government in Paris was ready to sell them out, they had put on such an ugly demonstration that a shaken Socialist Premier, Guy Mollet, pelted by tomatoes, had given up all plans for a liberal deal with Algeria's Moslems. Now, the Algerian colons reasoned, another new French government threatened to be "soft" in Algeria and needed a scare. Some among the crowds that gathered in the streets of...

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