June 16, 1957

MAURICE BOURGES-MAUNOURY: (From a profile by Frank Kelly): Paris, 16 – France’s new prime minister, Maurice Bourges-Maunoury, 42, is the youngest person to hold the post since 1883. He has been involved in politics since the end of World War II, taking part in 22 postwar governments and heading 11 ministries… From the Radical Socialist Party, he is neither radical nor socialist, but rather leans toward the center or right… In 1943 he was dropped by parachute into occupied France to represent General Charles de Gaulle in the Rhone-Alps regions. He was seriously injured by gunfire outside Lyons shortly before liberation. During his political career he played a major role in developing friendly relations with Israel and as defense minister under the previous government he was one of the instigators of the British-French invasion of Suez last year. ITALIAN FISHERMEN: Corfu, 8 – Twenty-three Italian fishermen, crew members of four fishing boats caught illegally fishing for lobster, were acquitted today by a local court which took into consideration the dire poverty of all the accused.

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