FRANCE: Jerry-Built

After three weeks of floundering in crisis, Fance had a new government. The new Premier was Georges Bidault, 50, head of the Mouvement Républicain Populaire (the French branch of Europe's Christian democrats). At midnight, with his cabinet posts already assigned and the Radical and Socialist parties satisfied, Bidault went before the Assembly and won a cushiony vote of confidence, 367 to 183. Every non-Communist deputy except one voted for Bidault; yet there were many who, with deep misgivings about the prospects of his regime, voted for him because they could not stand...

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