TIME'S Paris bureau cabled last week: "It is a sober fact that there is only a small chance that France can avoid a limited form of civil war."

This grim prospect had been brought closer by the galloping inflation, by the political bankruptcy of the Queuille government, and by the Communist-called coal strikes which were costing France $3,000,000 a day—almost exactly as much as she was getting from EGA. Overshadowing these factors was the growing realization of Frenchmen that the world conflict between Russia and the West could not be sidestepped. Frenchmen now applied this new view of the world struggle...

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