FRANCE: On a Spree

It had been too good to last. For a while, after France had seized the initiative in Western Europe by putting forth the Schuman Plan, it had looked as if the volatile French had finally settled down. But last week they went on a political spree again. Even as it was playing host to the Schuman Plan conference, Premier Georges Bidault's eight-month-old government lost a vote of confidence in the Assembly, was forced to resign.

The Socialists, who have brought down the last four French governments, defeated Bidault's coalition because he refused to grant a pay raise they had...

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