FRANCE: Opposition

The slogan of most opposition parties in Europe might well be the battle cry that punsters once pinned on U. S. Socialist Norman Thomas: "Cast away your votes and follow me!" Oppositionists are purged in Russia, shot in Germany, castor-oiled in Italy, executed in Spain, while in most of Central Europe their continued existence is dependent upon the utter impossibility of their ever winning an election. Last week two big opposition party congresses —Labor in England (see p. 24) and Socialist in France—demonstrated that even in Europe's democracies, where oppositionists are not...

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