France: Once More, the Ultimatum

Here I am, solemnly proposing a re form to our country. If then, out of reck lessness, the French people opposed it, what kind of man would I be if with out delay I did not draw the consequences of such a deep fissure?

Four times since he came to power in 1958, Charles de Gaulle has faced Frenchmen with the threat to step down unless his proposals received their endorsement. Each time the French have submitted to his will. Yet his statement on French television last week that he was turning the April 27 referendum into a vote of confidence...

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