ALGERIA: Respectability for Rebels

Nine arch conspirators—five of them sentenced to death in absentia by French military courts—lined up self-consciously in a room in Tunis and let photographers take their pictures. They were the leaders of Algeria's National Liberation Front. With Tunisia's President Habib Bourguiba offering them physical sanctuary and diplomatic sponsorship before the world, the FLN was trying to assume the robes of respectability. Last fortnight the FLN leaders invited French journalists in for coffee, showed them round their newly expanded headquarters, and announced that three of their members would leave shortly for New York (traveling on Syrian diplomatic passports) to press...

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