FRANCE: 14th Try

France has had 106 governments in 70 years. Last week in a small, barren committee room of the Chamber of Deputies, political leaders were molding its 14th Constitution since 1791. Their problem was to secure a less volatile government and at the same time preserve dearly won individual liberties.

No French version of democracy could fail to draw on the libertarian principles of Rousseau and Montesquieu. Men known as leftists had fought for years for those principles; yet today's leftists sought to limit and modify them.

Freedom of the press was the clearest...

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