FRANCE: The Plotters

In France last week men talked darkly about The Plot. Conservative Le Figaro described it as an attempt to paralyze "the action of the Chief of State in order to set up an 'activist' government by means of extreme right-wing groups." Leftist France Observateur talked of the "rapidly deteriorating" political situation and the "increasing impotence" of the regime, saw the day approaching when "the army can intervene as an arbiter to prevent 'civil war' " between right and left. The most dangerous plot is that which is prepared in the open.


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