The Press: The Measure of Conscience

"When the average Frenchman feels worried about the situation, he buys Le Monde," muses Le Monde's Editorial Director Hubert Beuve-Méry. "We have learned to increase the print automatically during periods of worry and uncertainty, and our circulation jumps to 300,000 during times of crisis. It is events such as the accouchement of Brigitte Bardot or Queen Elizabeth which send our competitors' sales soaring. For us it is a political crisis."

Last week Le Monde's sales indicated a period somewhere between uncertainty and crisis. Contained in Le Monde's 16 somber pages were reports on...

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