FRANCE: Fourth Republic

There was muttering in the corridors. But General Charles de Gaulle's Cabinet unanimously accepted his plan for achieving a Fourth Republic. The plan: the French electorate, men & women, would go to the polls next October and decide whether they wish to retain France's old constitution of 1875 or have a new one. At the same time they would elect a unicameral assembly of 600 representatives.

If they plumped for the old constitution (which no one expects), the assembly would become the new Chamber of Deputies, and the Senate would be chosen,...

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