FRANCE: Upsurge

The Grand Electors of France turned out last week to elect a new Council of the Republic, the government's upper house. Some came from Paris and the big cities. But the great majority were prosperous, pipe-smoking farmers. In leather gaiters and stained, shapeless hats, and smelling of the land in which they were rooted, they represented the traditional backbone of France.

How did they feel about Communist sabotage of their country's economy? What did they think of the mumbling impotence of coalition governments? Their answer was an overwhelming vote for Charles de Gaulle. Almost complete returns showed that of the...

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