Moral Crisis in France
FRANCE, said Gertrude Stein, always rises from the ashes. France is the phoenix, too frequently a phoenix, perhaps-never fully risen from the Napoleonic wars, from World War I and its slaughter of a million young men, from World War II and its degradation- not so much of the Occupation as of the Collaboration.
And now France is rising from the dirty ashes of the Algerian war, oddly regenerated by the smoldering heat of that disaster-a singed phoenix, but a phoenix none the less. A reporter could have nothing finer to report, so I state it from the start with a feeling that is more personal than professional. An American in the Paris of the embattled Fifth Republic would have to be inert not to feel involved in the fate of France today.
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