FRANCE: New Party Game

Communists play J'accuse

Tanned from a post-election Algerian vacation, Communist Leader Georges Marchais was in an even more than normally combative mood as he took the podium at his party's Paris headquarters. The occasion: the first meeting of the 126-member central committee since the left's stunning election defeat last March. Did the blame for that lie with the Communists, who bickered endlessly with their Socialist allies during the campaign? Not to hear Marchais tell it. "We bear no responsibility," he said in a dukes-up, three-hour speech. The cause, he asserted, was purely...

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