France: The Master's Voice

In recent weeks, Charles de Gaulle, France's self-styled man of destiny, seemed to have lost his sure touch. The farmers who barricaded the highways earlier this summer were still seething with discontent; workers grumbled for higher wages. There was widespread despondency over the failure to win a settlement in Algeria. De Gaulle was blamed for the breakdown of talks with the F.L.N. nationalists in June, for the needless brutality of the French army at Bizerte. Through it all. De Gaulle stayed haughtily silent, apparently at a loss for a new idea.


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