Foreign News: 22 Million Frenchmen

A gaggle of politicians, statisticians, poll-counters and newsmen collected beneath the glittering chandeliers of the Interior Ministry and waited for the returns from the biggest election turnout in

France's history—21,794,974 voters. The drone of a functionary's voice brought silence. Figures flashed on a screen. From loudspeakers blared the names of successful candidates for the National Assembly. Soon an unfamiliar sound began to take on a rhythm of familiarity. "Department of Finistère," said a voice, "Monsieur Demarquet, Ood-ka. Department of Seine-et-Oise, Monsieur Couturaud, Ood-ka."

"Ood-ka" was a new French word last week. Ood-ka meant U.D.C.A.,...

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