FRANCE: Lucky Pinay

In three months in office, Premier Antoine Pinay, unspectacular but shrewd businessman, had survived half a dozen crises, stirred the dormant patriotism of the French, and won for himself the nickname "Lucky Pinay." Last week Lucky Pinay faced a crucial vote of confidence on the échelle mobile, a troublesome issue which had plagued his two predecessors. Echelle mobile is a sliding wage scale designed to hook the wages of France's low-paid workers to the cost of living.

First, Pinay accepted the échelle mobile, which pleased the Socialists who had proposed it. Then...

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