OPINION

January 30, 1960

FRENCH OF ALGERIA: Paris, 28 – General Maurice Challe and the French government’s political representative in Algeria Paul Delouvrier have fled the city of Algiers, which is in a state of turmoil, in an unexpected move seen as the first phase of President Charles de Gaulle’s counterattack. Although de Gaulle is standing by his policy, he finds himself unable to impose his will by force of arms and is trying to exhaust all avenues to exert pressure on the colonists and their leaders so that they might heed his calls for moderation. The two leaders will not leave Algeria but will move to a town in the provinces and return, according to announcements they have issued, when there is a possibility of reaching a settlement between the rebels and de Gaulle. In France meanwhile, there have been widespread arrests of leaders of the extreme right, and right-wing journalists are facing persecution. CYPRIOT STUDENTS DETAINED: According to a terse announcement from Athens Police Headquarters via the Prime Minister’s Undersecretariat last night, three Cypriot students have been arrested for possession of weapons. No further details were provided by any government or other official source.