France: General Ignorance

Charles de Gaulle has always been aloof with journalists, and never with better reason than at the close of 1965. It was, after all, the press that had responded with the greatest glee at his humiliation by the voters during last month's election. As a result hardly anyone expected his annual New Year's Eve reception for newsmen to be much of a brandy warmer. It wasn't.

To nearly every question put to him in the brief, 25-minute audience, the general coldly professed ignorance. "I can't tell you anything," he snapped, apropos of U.S. Ambassador Goldberg's conference with him earlier...

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