FRANCE: The Big Three

France's political "big three"—Communists, Socialists and Popular Republicans (M.R.P.)—entered the Fourth Republic. Latest returns for the newly elected Constituent Assembly indicated that the Communists controlled 162 seats, Socialists 154, and M.R.P. 138. In popular ballots the big three had run neck & neck: each polling about 4,500,000. The so-called Right had been reduced to 80 seats, about 2,000,000 popular votes. The wartime resistance movement was all but obliterated as a political entity. Frenchwomen, after casting their first national vote, held 31 Assembly seats, or 5% of the total.*

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