France: The Violent Ending of War

The bloody, seven-year Algerian War, which has cost an estimated 400,000 lives, was nearly over. In a green-shuttered Parliament building in Libya's capital city of Tripoli, 54 members of the Algerian National Revolutionary Council met last week behind heavily guarded doors to vote on the cease-fire agreement with France that will lead to Algerian independence.

The accord had been hammered out between teams of negotiators headed by Louis Joxe, De Gaulle's Minister of State for Algerian Affairs (see box) and the F.L.N. Vice Premier, burly Belkacem Krim. Already approved by the French Cabinet, the agreement needed only the approval of four-fifths...

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