France: Enter Stage Left, on Knees

After their defeat, the Communists sell out for Cabinet posts

The unsettling news reached the U.S. Vice President on the eve of his scheduled talk with President François Mitterrand in Paris. In the full flush of his sweeping victory, which gave the Socialists control of the National Assembly, Mitterrand had decided to appoint four Communists to his 44-member Cabinet. When George Bush emerged last week from a three-hour luncheon meeting with Mitterrand at the Elysée Palace, he read, with the restrained air of a guest who felt obliged to chastise his host, a...

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