FRANCE: The Antis Have It

The French. Assembly this week found itself divided and agitated over two new words, "antianticipationisme" and "antioctobrisme." Antianticipationistes are those Deputies who want to put off this year's national elections until October; antioctobristes want to hold them in June.

This bitter dispute about dates was the latest symptom of the Assembly's deadlock over the issue of electoral reform. Most Deputies agree that the present system of proportional-representation voting must be changed before the next election. The antianticipationistes feel that the Assembly, which has fruitlessly debated the question on & off since last October, will be unable to find a workable...

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