FRANCE: Young Man for Old

France's new Premier brought a fresh face into the tired gallery of politicians who have governed France since World War 11. Elected on his 38th birthday, Felix Gaillard became the youngest man to rule France since Napoleon Bonaparte became First Consul in 1799. "Of course," said one of Gaillard's aides last week, "Bonaparte also was very gifted."

The son of a wealthy mining engineer and landowner, Gaillard was a precociously brilliant schoolboy, showed an early devotion to economics. After energetic wartime service in the resistance, he attended various international conferences as a...

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