FRANCE: An Illness in the Elysee Palace

For months France's President Georges Pompidou, 62, has been in visibly failing health. His face has become increasingly puffy, his movements have grown unsteady, and his energy has obviously flagged. When the normally reticent Eryse"e Palace last week announced that the President was bedridden and feverish with a bout of influenza, many observers read much more into the official announcement. "He's sick, very sick," concluded one diplomat. "It's no longer an unmentionable subject."

While Pompidou's health has long been unmentionable to French spokesmen, the fact is that President Nixon was so alarmed by the French President's appearance last summer when...

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