NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
27th August, 1954 : The French Premier, M Pierre Mendes-France, is desperately trying to steer a middle course between African nationalists, and the French conservatives, afraid he will give away valuable colonial interests. His solution is to offer Morocco and Tunisia autonomy, but not yet independence. M Mendes-France had flown to Tunisia in order to recognise the country’s “internal autonomy”. Tonight he was back in Paris to see the National Assembly approve his policy of giving Morocco a system of regional assemblies. In Morocco, rioters are calling for the return of the former Sultan, Sidi Mohammed Ben Youssef, who was exiled to Madagascar last year for advocating independence.
[Today what rioters want, rioters get.]