FRANCE: Seven Minus Four

As Parliament convened last week after the holidays, greying Marcel Cachin, Communist Senator, decided not to risk going to Paris, lay snug at his villa in Brittany, and his only other Communist colleague also stayed home. Barrel-chested, leather-lunged Maurice Thorez, French Communist Party leader, had to keep quiet—he was A.W.O.L. from the Army. In famed Sante Prison sat many of the 72 French Communist Deputies, arrested after the Party was outlawed (TIME, Oct. 23), one by one on charges of this or that "illegal activity." But seven Communist Deputies who were serving in the Army (where their activities were...

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