FRANCE: A Little Coquetry

After most of the other strikers had gone back to work, the biggest union of them all, the Communist-led C.G.T., suddenly called off its effort to prolong the strike that had paralyzed France for three weeks. Two hours later, the gate of gloomy Fresnes Prison outside Paris opened, and out walked five top French Communists (including André Stil, managing editor of L'Humanité). They had been held for months awaiting trial on charges of conspiring against France's military security; now, without new evidence or new arguments, they were set free.

"Yes," admitted a spokesman at Hôtel Matignon, France's 10 Downing Street,...

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