FRANCE: The Elections

The French elections, anxiously watched by the free world, produced no large decisions, brought no substantial hope that France will be any stronger or more nearly united than before. Main facts:

¶ The Third Force, France's rambling, diffuse coalition of center parties, will probably continue to govern, as best it can (it will need votes from Independents to do it).

¶ The Communists were pushed back.

¶ De Gaulle did not win, but he made significant gains.

The Gaullists, the largest party in the new Assembly, will be able to make the party voice heard more firmly than in the past,...

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