Premier Felix Gaillard of France has assured the nation that settlement of the Algerian crisis will not be a topic of discussion if France and Tunisia come together for talks.
Premier Felix Gaillard of France has assured the nation that settlement of the Algerian crisis will not be a topic of discussion if France and Tunisia come together for talks. American deputy Under-Secretary of State, Robert Murphy is at present trying to arrange a conference between the two countries. Its main purpose would be discussion on the French attack on a Tunisian border community (the village of Sakiet Sidi Yussef).
In Algeria itself the rebels have launched a new offensive. But they have also carried their attack, insidious and clandestine, right into the heart of the French capital city. Many Algerians live in Paris and a goodly number of them are members of the revolutionary Algerian National Liberation movement.
The windows of police precincts have been equipped with netting and iron bars to frustrate attempts to toss hand grenades into the buildings. The gendarmes who once patrolled the streets of La Chapelle district on foot or bicycle are using command cars and other vehicles. Few are walking. Outside the station houses, or prefectures, they are armed with machine guns.
The Algerians living here have already murdered several gendarmes during duty hours and on their way to work. During one 24-hour period, they rounded up 102 suspected terrorists.
Most Parisian patrol cars are the pint-sized variety. But they are handy for speeding through the narrow winding streets and radios keep them in touch with headquarters.
In the Arab quarter of Paris identity cards are constantly checked and suspects are "frisked" for weapons. An additional problem is the rivalry between Algerian nationalist gangs, which often leads to gun battles.
The 40-month old fight for Algerian independence is as strong an issue in Paris as in North Africa.