FRANCE: Pilot Aboard

As usual, L'Humanité was a day late with the news. The non-Communist Paris press had it from the government, which had it from its ambassador in Moscow, that French Communist Laurent Casanova had asked for four visas: one for himself, one for Maurice Thorez, one for Thorez' wife Jeannette Vermeersch, and one for a secretary. It was two years and five months since French Communist Leader Maurice Thorez had been struck down with brain hemorrhage and whisked off to Moscow for treatment; ever since, the air had been filled with reports of what wonders Soviet medicine had done for...

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