FRANCE: The Plane to Moscow

The green C-47 from Moscow circled above Paris' Orly Field, showing the bright red stars on its fuselage as it turned, then came in for a landing. Half an hour later, an ambulance drove up, opened its doors. From the ambulance Maurice Thorez, France's Communist boss, reclining on a litter, his feet in bedroom slippers, was carried to the aircraft to start what may be his final pilgrimage to Moscow. He said goodbyes to the bigwigs of French Communism: Jacques Duclos, looking like the tubby mayor of a little French town; Andre...

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