FRANCE: Red Schism

Harry Truman's increased pressure on world Communism extended all the way to Paris' Place de Châteaudun, where a beggar was plaintively singing: J'attendrai. Fernand Lurçat, who had lost a leg in a Nazi concentration camp and was now a night watchman at Communist headquarters, felt the international tension. Irritably, he hobbled out and told the beggar to shut up. "On discute,là-haute" (They're deliberating, up there), explained Lurgat.

They were deliberating, passionately and bitterly—the 37 men who form the Central Committee of the Communist Party of France, the world's most important outside Russia....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!