Gathered on the steps of the Elysee are the journalists who have been watching the ministerial crisis's comings and goings for nearly five weeks.
Gathered on the steps of the Elysee are the journalists who have been watching the ministerial crisis's comings and goings for nearly five weeks. France has now beaten all records for being without a government.
And on a none too pleasant Wednesday evening at six o'clock Monsieur Felix Gaillard exits after his interview with the President, M. Coty, at which he agreed to the President's request to form France's next and 24th post-war government after weeks of stalemate.
Whether M. Gaillard, a comparative youngster of 38, but with an eye for financial toughness, can succeed will depend on a lot of political manoeuvring through the coming week-end to bring the quarrelling Socialists and Right Wing Independents solidly behind him.
M. Gaillard told reporters, after seeing M. Coty, that what France needed was apparent, and he was working on the "political means" of putting into action a programme "to lift our country out of the dangers that assail it; we must break energetically the viscious circles of enemies among the political groups and of persons who have rolled back the solution of the crisis ever since it began" what had to be done was to re-establish authority at home and credit abroad. But Gaillard warned that it would not succeed as a government of transition or minority.