FRANCE: The Unquiet Grave

Montataire, 33 miles north of Paris, is a steel town run by Communists. Last month Corporal Gaston Depestel, 25, a Montataire boy who had been a Communist for a brief period after World War II, was brought home in a large black government truck. He had been killed fighting the Communist Viet Nam guerrillas in Indo-China. Montataire's Communist Mayor Marcel Coëne allowed Gaston's father to take the body home for the wake, and provided four municipal employees to carry the coffin. Their ordinary duty: garbage collection.

At the funeral, Mayor Coëne, wearing his...

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