Daniel, Jean
July 1962
Foreign Affairs;Jul62, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p605
Academic Journal
The purpose of this article is to show that even though there is a good chance that the Algerian war is ending, the Algerian problem has only just begun. The agreements reached at Evian are reassuring; they constitute a success for General Charles de Gaulle's policy in Algeria and still do not compromise in the least the highest ideals of the Algerian revolution. The more one studies them and sees to what an extent they incorporate a common will to cooperate and to respect the International Charter of the Rights of Man, the more one has to recognize both the intelligence and high-mindedness of the French negotiators and the political courage of their Algerian counterparts. Seldom since the beginning of the present century have negotiations led to such a reasonable conclusion. True, when he took over the French presidency he did offer the Algerians "a preferred position in the French Community." But he thought of this Community as a French Commonwealth, whose members would he not so much concerned about obtaining formal and anarchistic independence as about keeping not only economic and cultural ties with France but diplomatic and military ties also. Since many states in French black Africa accepted this kind of relationship the dream did not seem entirely Utopian--at any rate on the surface.


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