FRANCE: Constitution of the Left

As the Constituent Assembly closed six months of bitter politics, it was clear that France's 14th constitution since1791 would be a Constitution of the Left. Communists and Socialists had beaten down again & again a determined Right-and-Center assault led by the Catholic M.R.P.

At the start of the constitutional debate last fall, everyone recognized that the great defect in the Third Republic's Constitution was administrative instability; 106 Cabinets had fallen in 70 years. The M.R.P. wanted to achieve stability with a stronger executive. The Socialists argued for legally enforced party discipline. Both these proposals were beaten. It remained...

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