FRANCE: The Quick and the Dead

With quick, nimble feet France's Premier Mendes-France danced around the political quicksands of the Palais Bourbon last week and brought German rearmament so close to ratification that Russia responded with her most powerful propaganda attack on France in years.

Mendes had promised the world a French

Assembly vote on the Paris accords by Dec. 23. He had also declared himself in favor of ratification first and a meeting with Malenkov later. But powerful French right-wing Deputies, no longer able to delay the vote, sought to delay implementation of the treaties—to give Russia chance to show by her actions that German rearmament...

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