FRANCE: Democratic Deadlock

The 3,000 district leaders of the French Communist Party who were summoned to Paris recently by No. 1 French Communist Maurice Thorez (TIME, March 28) returned to their homes last week primed to execute his orders: "Arouse the masses!"

The French masses are not easily aroused but soon some 18,000 workers in five factories of Citroën Motors ("The Ford Of France") went on a sit-down strike and, without stating specific grievances, hoisted red flags. While they continued to sit, quarter-hour sympathy sit-downs were staged at the Farman, Caudron and other vital French warplane...

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