BIGGEST share of the credit for France's settlement with the F.L.N. goes to Louis Joxe, 60, the witty, wily diplomat who is Charles de Gaulle's Minister of State for Algerian Affairs. In November 1960 when he was handed the thankless task of ending the war, Joxe based his strategy on the theory that negotiating with the embittered, intractable representatives of Algeria's provisional government was not so much a diplomatic assignment as "guerrilla warfare, transposed to the political plane."¶

In conference-table combat waged over the past nine months, Joxe consistently maintained a leisurely manner. Unlike many French diplomats, he believes in frankness,...

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