FRANCE: The Importance of Elections

For the eighth time in the four years of the Fourth Republic, France was without a cabinet. Foreign representatives at the Big Four conference arrived in Paris this week with no French ministers to receive them. The 1951 budget sat in the Assembly without a leadership to push it through. France, the hope of Western Europe, could barely carry on its routine internal administration.

Premier Rene Pleven, in office for seven months, had resigned after failing to get the parties in his Third Force coalition to agree on a plan to change France's...

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