FRANCE: The Counterweight

POWERFUL SURGE OF COMMUNIST PARTY, said the triumphant headline in the French Communist newspaper L'Humanité, and a balloting in the first of two weeks' municipal elections in 38,000 French communities seemed to bear L'Humanité out. In France's 13 largest cities, the Communists polled 27.7% of the vote, regaining the title of France's largest party from the Gaullist Union for the New Republic, which swept last November's elections to the National Assembly. The U.N.R. polled little more than three-quarters of its previous vote.

Along with the Communists, most of the rest of France's...

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