FRANCE: Treasonable Intentions

On the tricky scale of Moscow's favor, Maurice Thorez has had his ups & downs. When French Communists are ordered to smile on their own countrymen, Thorez is up; when they are ordered to show their fangs, he is down. He was down last week, but since, as secretary general, he was still the titular head of the French party, he was instructed to read a statement embodying the latest shift in the party line—a statement he had had no hand in preparing.

Obediently, Thorez read it to the comrades of the Central...

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