FRANCE: Crisis

The showdown was at hand. Almost continuously since liberation, French Communists had been part of France's Government, had played along with a democratic system they sought to destroy. Despite their avowed patriotism, the Communists' allegiance to Moscow had constantly conflicted with the interests of France. Last week, this anomalous situation was over—at least for the time being. The Communists were out of the Government. The crucial question now was: Could any French Government govern France without the Communists?

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