FRANCE: Ordeal Without End

At the big Colombes stadium outside Paris, President René Coty watched Toulouse beat Angers for the soccer championship of France. Just behind him in the presidential box, conspicuous in his red tarboosh and thick glasses, sat France's favorite Algerian, Ali Chekkal, 60-year-old lawyer and onetime vice president of the Algerian Assembly. When the French were summoned before the bar of the U.N. Assembly last February to defend their Algerian policies, they took along Ali Chekkal as a living, breathing testimonial to France's real popularity with Algeria's Moslems.

To Algeria's militant nationalists, this was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!