Foreign News: THE EARTH IS TOO NEAR THE GROUND

Farmers the world over tend to be conservative, or at least anti-collectivist, and French farm people more so than most. Yet when the French Communist Party began to lose votes in the cities, some months ago, its strength in the rural areas was still rising. Last week TIME Correspondent André Laguerre examined a rural area to see how the Communists were faring on the eve of next Sunday's local elections. He cabled:

The Ain is as typical a department of rural France as you could hope to find. Tucked away between Lyon and the...

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