FRANCE: Jerry-Building & Baby-Kissing

A sick man with a face the color of wet cement took over the reins of government (but hardly the reins of power) in France last week. André Marie's party, the conservative Radical Socialists, was in bad health too.

In fact, all France was politically maladjusted: at least 40% of its voters favored Charles de Gaulle, about 25% favored the Communists. Andre Marie would try to govern, as Robert Schuman had before him, with an uneasy coalition of the M.R.P., the Socialists, and the Radicals. This coalition represented a majority of the Assembly, but less than 35% of present French...

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