FRANCE: The Horses Are Thinner

Nobel Prizewinner Francois Mauriac, the Roman Catholic novelist, who is much preoccupied with sin, delivered himself last week of a pessimistic commentary on French politics. "We must conclude," he wrote on the front page of Le Figaro, "that the French people are able to secrete only a certain species of parliamentarianism, and that their bad habits are closely linked with their character. The saying that character is destiny applies to peoples as well as to individuals.

"It is no use reproaching man for being what he is and what he has always...