FRANCE: Suitcase or Coffin?

Algeria's Moslems have a saying: "When it is very hot in Tunisia or Morocco, it is warm in Algeria." The violence that has erupted so often in Tunisia and Morocco has caused only tremors in Algeria. But last week, for the first time in nine years, it was very hot in Algeria.

Paris was shocked; unlike Tunisia and Morocco ("protectorates" in name, but actually colonies), Algeria is part of metropolitan France, and its people, Arab and Frenchman alike, are French citizens. Algeria's three departments have as much standing in the French Assembly as any departments between the Pyrenees and the...

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