The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 12, 1968 · Page 21
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, November 12, 1968
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Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 196851 France's Anti-U.S. Policy Seems On Wane ; Call us for i mom tltCOKTROL j W GET RID OF " iimitis regime's new amiability toward America. De Gaulle's recent, barely noticed visit to Turkey may have been the portent of things to come. A subdued De Gaulle made no attempt to woo the Turks away from NATO or undercut Turkish relations with the United States. .References to breaking up the two power blocs were few and vague. Headline-catching attacks on the U.S. positions In the Middle East or Asia were conspicuous by their absence. In short, it wasn't the De Gaulle we've all come to know in recent years. Things aren't what they used to be. I an end to the French campaign to unseat the dollar as an international exchange currency, substituting gold. But, the continued drain of French gold and foreign exchange reserves this autumn has meant an almost 180 degree reversal of position. Many French authorities are now afraid that without U.S. support, the franc is inevitably fated for devaluation, particularly in view of the steady rumors of a re-evaluation upward of the deutsch-mark. According to some French Informants, the threat to the franc is the leading single factor in the Ue Gaulle NOUSfHOlD INSECTS PATIO, UWN I GARDEN PESTS I ore ire rr joivTi'in PALM BEACH I EXTERMINATING SERVICE INC. MORTGAGES, COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL loudmrial loam up f9 75 valuation, 25 Yean. Bring in your mortgage probWm ANDERSON & CARR, INC. REALTORS MORTGAGE BANKERS 521 S. Ohvi -EI-lWl French were giving much publicity to an "all points of the compass" defense doctrine whose implication was that a future enemy was just as likely to be the United States as Russia. At that time, the French were planning to build their own sea-to-air Mandra-gore missile lo defend their nuclear sub fleet now under construction. But the Mandra-gore fell a budgetary victim of the May disturbances. Even the creation of the squadron of fast missile escort ships to employ the Mandragors has been spaced out over twice the number of years originally intended. These and a number of other fiscal cuts In the French military program were the death knell for an "all points" strategy. They mean there can no longer be even the pretense that French security doesn't ultimately depend on the United States. The May troubles also doomed Ue Gaulle in his Goldfinger role. They put PH. 133-0101 I ItU S. DIXIE ing West Gorman irritation by demonstrating that France remains a committed member of the western camp. At a recent meeting of the Western European Union in Rome the Harmel plan received the usual tepid support from Bonn, thus insuring that nothing would be done. Uebre has further sought to reassure the West Germans by offering a 20-point program for "relaunching" political cooperation among the six. This isn't expected to amount to very much more than previous French plans of this kind have. But it helps Kiesinger maintain even keel at home against the rocking of his anti-French supporters. The desire to keep Bonn closely tied to its apron strings and Britain firmly outside the European door is not the only reason for the shift in French diplomatic tactics. There is an inter-play of economic and financial motives which is possibly equally important. France's Interest in buying the Sea Sparrow missile gives an inkling of what has happened. Six months ago, the Uebre then went to the U.N. General Assembly in New-York and on lo Washington to M-e President Johnson. In both places, he spoke very differently from De Gaulle. This is very notable since these have hardly been familiar ports of call for France's foreign minister in recent years. This foray into Ihe new world, which included a warning to Moscow that France's interest in reconciliation was dead so long as Warsaw Pact Iroops remained in Czechoslovakia, was the signal for a flow of friendly utterances from Paris in Washington's direction. To make Ihe reversal less personally embarassing to Ue Gaulle, Couve and Uebre carried the main burden of displaying this rekindled warmth. Ue Gaulle continued, from time to time, to speak of the dangers of the "two blocs" and to dismiss the Czech situation as a mere "episode." But these things were said in a murmur not a shout. And Ue Gaulle himself got into the act of warming up the Americans by showing great cordiality to the recently arrived ambassador. Sargent Shriver, while giving President-Fleet Richard Nixon's foreign policy adviser, William Scranton, an unusually long interview of 90 minutes at the Flysee Palace. Cau Hist sources let it be known to American newsmen here that a change of administration in Washington could provide the final dose needed for a full cure of Franco-American ills. All of this seems to be having the desired effect of sooth JOHN GARY SHOW ADV KH'I IsKMKNT I'tibrks Internationale COLOR 7 PM. TONIGHT PARIS (NANA i - France has made approaches to I he United Stales to buy Sea Spar-iow missiles as the main de-tensive weapon for its projected I'olaris-tvpe submarine llrel. A visit this month to Moscow In Admiral Patou. the chiel of statt of the French Navy, has Ix'cn quietly shelved. At the same time, the Russians have been told that a planned goodwill call by a Soviet naval squadion to French Atlantic coast ports is "inopportune." Unconnected in themselves, the incidents arc a highly pertinent reflection ol the big -'swing to the West" is now occurring in French lor-ifjn policy. . For every sign suggests that i;iullisl France's period of re-.'cnt less anti-Americanism was drawn unobtrusively In a close. French diplomacy is un dergoing a re-orientation. It was well on ils way bclue President .Johnson's order stopping all bombing ol North Vietnam. Hut thai development js bound to speed i! along. Not because opposition to America's war policy in Vietnam has been at the1 root ol Ue daulle's anti-Americanism, but because the U.S. government's new show ol eagerness to achieve peace provides excellent cover for a French volte-lace. What has actually compelled l)e (Jaulle lo scuttle anti-Americanism as an instrument of diplomacy has been a combination of unyielding political and economic circumstances which proved too overwhelming even tor Ihe French president's personal inclination lo maintain his established policy. This, after all, had become his international trade mark and. in some respects, had paid handsome dividends. As late as his September i'th news conference, he pictured the threat ol American hegemony over Furope as at least as great as the Sov iet menace, in spile of the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia. Nothing suggested any change in Ihe policy ol aloofness and some-limes downright hostility toward France's traditional allies, while leaning toward the Soviet bloc and the third world, lhal had been practiced by L)e (iaulle with Increasing lervor over Ihe past several years. At most, the policy appeared somewhat muled in consequence of the domestic problems raised by ihe near-revolutionary crisis here last May. But, soon afterwards, De Gaulle journeyed lo Bonn for a meeting with Chancellor Kies-inger. As usual Kiesinger was o-iitl ilmntl timifl In hit ni-nc. MALE-DRI SUPPORT J NOW OPEN 10:30 - 4:00 J Easy, sanitary way lo stop embarrassment of wet garments, bedding. Day and night protection, confidence. High-quality elastic belt, wet-proof pouch. Quilted absorbent washable pad snaps in. 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Ue Gaulle was mortified to find that the once powerfully pro-Dc Gaulle sentiment of Ihe West German man in-the-street which gave him important leverage in dealing with Bonn under three chancellors had evaporated. What really alarmed leaders like Prime Minister Couve de Murville and foreign minister Michel Dobrc, however, was ihe tear that rising anti-Gaul-lism in Wesl Germany coupled with demands lor a greater show of western unity, might lead the Bonn government to make effective common cause with Ihe rest of the six to reopen the campaign to force a path tor Britain's entry into the Common Market. Since this couldn't be done over a French veto, as twice demonstrated in the past, the French were apprehensive lest the Wesl Germans throw their weight behind Belgian foreign minister Pierre llermel's plan or some similar scheme to create formal political and economic links with Britain circumventing Ihe Common Market. The end result of this could well be the breakup of Ihe present Kuropean economic community and France's effective replacement by Britain in a new Kuropean alignment. This is what many Frenchmen have alwavs feared might be the outcome of Ue ( laulle's de-termination to run things by dictating terms to his Common Market partners. But, until now. German unwillingness to buck France when the chips were down formed a sale-guard against it happening. French officials saw that Ue Gaulle's reaction lo the Czech situation had damaged that safeguard. What they also realized was that Britain's application to join the Common Market Is a ghost which refuses to be exorcized. Even Couve was recently reported to hav e admitted British membership is ultimately certain. "When Ihe moment comes," he was quoted as saying. "Ihe negotiations will go very quickly. The whole thing may be over In two weeks." 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