IN a thousand legends and traditions, the French glory in a revolutionary past. Between bouts of rage, they are also a profoundly conservative people. Last week a decisive number of Frenchmen in Charles de Gaulle's Fifth Republic showed that they are not anxious to repeat their past right now. In elections for a new National Assembly, the French turned their backs on revolution, at least of the sort that France's young leftists and anarchists had in mind. Only a few short weeks ago, in early May, a revolt started among students at the Sorbonne...

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