FRANCE: Love and the Budget

If there is any subject that is guaranteed to divert a French Deputy from a prosaic discussion of a budget, it is Love —sacred or profane. Last week France's National Assembly was debating whether to cut the $71-a-month allotted to Deputies for secretarial help. Socialist Deputy Maurice Deixonne objected that France's No. 1 Communist, Deputy Maurice Thorez, continues to draw salary and secretarial allowance "even though he has not set foot in the Assembly for years. Surely the Communist Party doesn't need the money. Mr. Thorez rides around in a car modeled...

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