France: Increasingly Divided Loyalties

Mitterrand's Communist partners side with Moscow on missiles

It has never been easy to serve two masters, but that has not stopped France's Communist Party from trying. As junior members of the ruling leftist alliance, French Communists have dutifully supported Socialist President François Mitterrand. At the same time, they have remained as faithful as possible to the Soviet Union. But because Moscow is demanding that France's 98 nuclear weapons be counted in the U.S.-Soviet negotiations in Geneva on the limitation of nuclear weapons in Europe, France's Communists have found their loyalties increasingly divided.

In a speech to party activists in Paris...

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