Foreign Relations: De Gaulliver's Travels

La grande visite was at hand —Charles de Gaulle's much-heralded expedition to Latin America, a 27-day good-will tour covering 20,000 miles and ten nations. Paris papers hailed his "delirious welcome," and one writer even ventured to call him "our national conquistador." He was hardly that. The imposing old soldier was greeted with warmth, admiration, affection. Flattered Latin Americans listened with interest to his subtle talk of common origins and suggestions of a broad, transatlantic Latin bond. But it was clear that any dreams of a Latin Third Force — directed from...

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