THE NATIONS: Edgy Nerves

The North Atlantic Treaty was ratified last week by the French National Assembly (397 to 189) and by the Italian Senate (175 to 81). All signatories had now ratified the pact except The Netherlands, whose upper house is expected to do so next week.

In Paris, Communist Yves Peron denounced the pact's advocates as "men who collaborated with the Nazis and who are now ready to collaborate with the Americans on the same basis." Angry anti-Communist deputies chased him to the lobby; a Gaullist slapped him across both cheeks, drawing blood with a signet ring. Reinforcements rushed up and in...

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