NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th September, 1959 : In a dramatic television address to the nation, President de Gaulle tonight offered the people of Algeria the right to choose their political future by referendum. Within four years of peace being restored, they could vote for the constitution of their choice. He defined peace as a time when fewer than 200 people a year died through terrorism. He said that three options faced Algeria. She may secede from France, choose to be integrated with it, or decide, as he recommended, upon independence in close association with France. This bold plan is bound to raise a storm of hostility among resentful French Army officers, the settler population and their allies in France. Nor will it satisfy the rebels.