FRANCE: Martyrdom Denied

Dust-laden shafts of sun cut through the barred windows of Bordeaux's Hotel de Ville last week and shone on grim rows of Communist faces. The comrades were out to consecrate a new party heroine martyr and saint. Raymonde Dien, a young (21), tough and unlovely Communist functionary of Tours, was up for trial on a charge of obstructing a military train bearing arms for Indo-China. The party press hailed her as the "little angel" and the "delicate heroine of peace." Some of the comrades spoke of her as a latter-day Joan of Arc,...