FRANCE: The Reds Again

Last Sunday 78% of the French voters went to the polls — a million less than in last June's elections, but two million more than spoke their minds on the Constitution last month. As had been foreseen, there were no sharp swings of popular sentiment.

On the basis of nearly final returns this week, the Communists had gained 20 Assembly seats and led the M.R.P. (Catholic Progressives) 170-to-161. The M.R.P.

remained practically stationary, losing some votes to the center and right parties, which were aided by Charles de Gaulle's pre-election pronouncements, and picking up others from dissatisfied Socialists. A clearly moribund...

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