A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 31, 1983

TIME was just two months old in May 1923 when the first Frenchman, former Premier Rene Viviani, appeared on its cover. Since then, there have been 105 other cover stories devoted to French individuals or events. Last week, inaugurating TIME's 60th anniversary, all those covers went on exhibit at Paris' Georges Pompidou Center. Titled "America Looks at France, TIME 1923-1983," the exposition not only chronicles 20th century Gallic history, but also documents TIME's interest in the personalities and preoccupations of the French.

In an introduction to the exhibit, Time Inc. Editor in Chief Henry Grunwald wrote: "The covers represent only a...

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