FRANCE: Test

Doughty Premier Robert Schuman's government had beaten the Communist "insurrection" (TIME, Dec. 8). Last week it survived its second major test. The test came over Schuman's drastic measures to fight French inflation.

In the first crisis, he had been backed by the Gaullists. Last week, both the "Cocos" and the Gaullists were against him. Their motives were different, but both attacked the centrist government to win popularity and power (Paris wiseacres predicted that De Gaulle would make his bid in March or April). The strange political bedfellowship was caused by the old...

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