FRANCE: Upsets Before Setup

One of the distinctions of France's parliamentary system is that usually nobody can possibly tell who won an election for at least eight days. Last Sunday was good voting weather, cold and drizzly. Some 10,000,000 male voters, an unusually large turnout, went to the polls to choose the 16th Chamber of Deputies of the Third Republic.

Six hundred and eighteen seats had to be filled. Announced candidates for those seats totaled 3,580 divided among more than 20 different parties three weeks ago, but had mounted to 4,807 by the time polling places...

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