FRANCE: Painless Transition?

In the coalfields of the Pas-de-Calais, 30,000 Communist-led miners went on strike. That was enough to jar the delicate balance of French politics and set in motion a realignment of parties which may bring De Gaulle to power this spring.

Premier Schuman's slim majority in the Assembly had been growing slimmer. Last week in one parliamentary battle he won by only three votes. The balance of power was in the hands of deputies calling themselves the U.D.S.R. (Democratic and Socialist Republican Union), who abstained rather than cause a crisis by voting against him.

Friendly Gesture. As Schuman's shaky government floundered, René...

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