FRANCE: Threshold of Power?

France faced its most important decision since 1940. Yet the campaign preceding this Sunday's Constitution referendum was strangely blurred. The speeches of party spokesmen did not bring home to French voters how the Communist master carpenters of the Constitution were on the threshold of a new phase of power.

Naturally, Communist gloating was restrained. Deputy Raymond Guyot predicted, "After the triumph of May 5 [the referendum on the Constitution] we will go on to triumph on June 2 [the election of a new Assembly], when Maurice Thorez will become the new Premier!" But...

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