DIPLOMACY: La Grande Crise Over Concorde

Concorde means harmony in French. But last week the needle-nosed, Anglo-French supersonic transport was the center of a bitter diplomatic quarrel that could poison transatlantic relations for years. What set off the dispute was the prospect that the Port of New York Authority would finally refuse landing rights for Concorde at New York's Kennedy International Airport. Instead, the Port Authority's eleven commissioners deferred decision for the third time in a year. The postponement followed intense, eleventh-hour lobbying by the governments of France and Britain and threats from unions in those countries of...

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