FRANCE: Battle of the Vice Presidents

Non-Communists in the National Assembly faced a dangerous situation last week and handled it admirably. The proceedings, however, were not dignified. The "Cocos" have had a lot of breath knocked out of them lately, but they always have enough left to scream insults.

When the 1948 Assembly convened, the oldest member, 78-year-old Marcel Cachin, presided as chairman, according to custom. It was not Cachin who had the non-Communists worried. It was slick, sly Comrade Jacques Duclos, who was the Assembly's first vice president last year.

If the Parliament is dissolved, which might happen...

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