FRANCE: Communist Funfest

Long plagued by an image of gray stolidity, the French Communist Party has lately been going all out to acquire a more human look. The party newspaper, L'Humanité, has taken to dressing up its dreary polemics with color pictures for weekend editions. The staid old Paris Communist headquarters, with its fortress-like steel doors, has been abandoned for a new glass-fronted building, designed by Brazilian Communist-sympathizer Oscar Niemeyer, architect of Brasilia. But nowhere has the new look been more evident than in the party's annual Festival of Humanity.

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