FRANCE: Grasping the Nettle

The Communist leaders of France's coal strike, which in less than a month had cost the nation 3,000,000 tons of coal, last week tipped their hand. From Communist headquarters came a statement: "The miners' struggle is not only to secure legitimate wage adjustments, but also a struggle for the defense of national independence . . . threatened by American imperialists striving to drag our country into war."

Translated out of Communist jargon, this meant that the strike leaders were admittedly striving to block the recovery of France, to torpedo the Marshall Plan, and thus to abet the purposes of Moscow.

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