FRANCE: Mission in Doubt

"The most interesting thing about the French Empire," said a Frenchman last week, "is that it still exists."

Judging by bloody revolts and clamorous cries for freedom rising from many of the Empire's 66.6 million people, this seemed a just appraisal. The French, like the British, face seething nationalism among colonial peoples. But there are two important differences: 1) France stands before her colonies as a nation beaten in the war; 2) the French are hampered, as the British are not, by powerful Communist parties at home and in the colonies. The Communists...

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