FRANCE: Rebuff for the Comrades

By rejecting a Communist-sired Constitution for their Fourth Republic (TIME, May 13), the voters of France had given the French Communist Party, second in Europe only to the Party in Russia, its sharpest rebuff since liberation. They had also checked Soviet Russia's ideological and political infiltration westward.

What had turned the trick? What had upset all Communist expectations of a Yes vote? What had changed the electorate's seeming apathy into a turnout which produced a margin of 1,100,000 No's out of 20,000,000 ballots?

"To Abstain Is Treason." In normally conservative country districts, the extreme Left scored gains. In...

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