OPINION

January 28, 1960

FRENCH AGAINST FRENCH: Paris, 27 – Opposition to the French colonists has emerged in Algeria in proclamations signed anonymously as just «The Patriots,» claiming that a decision had been made to end the strike by most services tomorrow because extending it could lead to difficulties for economic activity in Algeria. The proclamation clearly states that the strike by public transport and airline workers, railway and port authorities and telecommunications organizations would end tomorrow. In another announcement, the reservist soldiers’ and officers’ commission and the «victims of terrorism» say that a «solidarity march» would be held with Muslims from the Casbah to the city center. Meanwhile, the French Socialist Party’s executive committee issued a statement tonight asking for a referendum as soon as possible so that the nation can express its will regarding the granting of self-determination to Algeria, and to «stop those who are trying to cause a civil war.» The announcement emphasizes that the Socialist Party would support the French president, General Charles de Gaulle, in his attempt to impose respect for the rule of law in Algeria without making any compromises.