Foreign News: FRANCE

First Step

Was it a tocsin? Last week the French government, prodded and pushed on by the Resistance, took control of one of France's biggest industrial enterprises—the Renault automobile plant (peacetime employes: 34,000). Next it nationalized the coal mines of the Pas-de-Calais and Nord departments. Soon, it announced, some 50 major plants.would be controlled by the Government.

This, explained Minister of Information Henri Teitgen, was not confiscation; it was merely a step to get French industry back into production. Later a commission would examine the books, confiscate war profits, bring charges. . . .

Cried the Resistance newspapers: "Not enough." They called for...

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