FRANCE: Fourth Republic

For France it was the biggest week since liberation. Abroad, General Charles de Gaulle's Government prepared to assume a full role in world affairs (see above). At home, it took its first firm step toward parliamentary administration.

In the Third Republic's Senate Chamber (a gilded, rococo wing of the Luxembourg Palace) the new Consultative Assembly held its first session. Created in Algiers more than a year ago, the Assembly had been reorganized, its membership upped from 102 to 248. Resistance groups held 148 seats. Third Republic parliamentarians untainted by collaboration 60, overseas delegates 40.

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