WESTERN EUROPE: Status Quo Approved

The tiny Saar, a miniature (1,000 sq. mi.) Ruhr populated by Germans but ruled by functionaries of France, last week freely chose to stay as it is: an "autonomous" bailiwick attached to France.

Election day was cold and drizzly in the Saar's smoky coal hills, but no sooner had its coal miners, steelworkers and farmers gone to morning Mass than 93% of them began to flock to the polling booths. Ostensibly, they had only to decide whether Premier Johannes ("Joho") Hoffmann's Christian People's Party or one of the opposition parties would control the 50-man Landtag. Actually, they were being asked...

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