Foreign News: Day of Decision

Communists were cocky, moderates jittery as France held her referendum on the Constitution of the Fourth Republic. Wiseacres had predicted that most citizens were fed up with seven months of wrangling in the Assembly, that popular disgust with politics would be reflected in a light vote, that the disciplined Left would profit from public apathy, that the way was paved for a solid "Yes" vote on the Communist-sponsored Constitution. The result would be a one-chamber government and a probable party-machine dictatorship.

But as the campaign wound up, hot & heavy, so did the interest of the electorate. At Clermont-Ferrand, M.R.P. War Minister...

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