FRANCE: The Waters Are Rising

This week, for the first time since June 1940, the voice of Metropolitan France will be heard. From the rostrum in a high-ceilinged chamber, long the home of the Algerian financial assembly, the first session of the French Provisional Consultative Assembly will be called to order in Algiers. Seated in semicircular rows ringing the rostrum, 84 men will represent France according to democratic parliamentary procedure, at least 40 of them representatives of the highly organized French underground itself. They will reflect all political hues, from Conservatives to Communists. They will speak...

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