FRANCE: The Road to a Comeback

Pierre Mendès-France was back in the news, tanned, rested, fit and ready for a fight. He had learned a hard lesson in his fall from power last February. It was not enough to have public favor; he also needed a secure political base in the French Assembly, and he knew that that called for a fight.

Mendès-France's own party, the large (75 Deputies), lumpy, "moderate" Radical Socialist Party often seems less a party than an agglomeration of individualists, whose main bonds are anticlericalism, wine and good eating. The Radicals include able Premier Edgar...

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