FRANCE: Fever Center

All over France long lines formed outside city halls as thousands of new voters, urged on politically by the stir of conflict and prodded legally by the risk of a fine for failure to register, rushed to put their names on the polling lists. In the first four days, 1,200,000 new voters were recorded, and election fever gripped the nation. By week's end, 28 "national" parties and some 700 local "lists" had entered a total of 5,000 candidates for the Assembly's 622 seats.

The fever's center wais Pierre Mendes-France. Working feverishly to patch together in four weeks the coalition he...

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