France: Vulnerable Emperor

The French are beginning to call him le Vieux—the Old One. At 76, Charles de Gaulle moves a little ponderously. But le Vieux refers as much to political vulnerability as it does to venerability. During the Middle Eastern crisis, De Gaulle was exposed as an emperor without clothes. Suddenly it turned out to be unimportant for anybody to take his advice, or even listen politely. His condemnation of Israel has left much of French public opinion outraged and many in his own party dissatisfied. Last week, by putting more barriers in the way of British entry into the Common Market,...

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