Chatting in the White House three weeks ago with Claude Cheysson, France's newly appointed Foreign Minister, President Reagan became sympathetic as he talked shop:
Reagan: I know what you must be going through with all those jobs unfilled and no one to turn to in your department.
Cheysson: No, sir, that's not a problem in France.
Reagan: What I mean is, you'll want to appoint your own deputies and ambassadors so that you can really be in charge.
Cheysson: No, seriously, Mr. President, it doesn't work that way in France. When I moved into the Quai d'Orsay, all the people were in place, and I...