FRANCE: Farewell to Arms

General Charles de Gaulle's cordial mission to Moscow (TIME, Dec. 18) has been paying off ever since, especially in the powerful French Communist Party's solid support of the Government. Last week it paid off again.

To Paris from the provinces marched more than 1,800 delegates of the Communist-dominated Front National. A conclave of cardinals would scarcely have been more law-abiding or (for the moment) more conservative. The first annual congress of France's most important Resistance group smoothly lock-stepped down the Communist Party's proGovernment, law-&-order line. Cried Communist Pierre Villon, F.N. secretary...

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