FRANCE: Of Hands & Arms

The Communist Party line in France last week swerved back to a point on which Maurice Thorez stood a year ago. In the spring of 1947, Thorez offered friendship to other "democrats" who wanted to rebuild France and Europe. Last autumn the Cominform in Belgrade knocked the props from under that milk-toasty policy. Many Frenchmen thought that Thorez, leader of the French Communists' "take-it-easy" faction, was washed up as the head of his party.

But the revolutionaries—Laurent Casanova, Andre Marty, et al.—took a licking when they tried a campaign of insurrection. Thorez stood...

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