FRANCE: Elections Ahead

This week the French National Assembly voted into law the long-disputed electoral reform bill sponsored by stubborn little Premier Henri Queuille. Voting 332 to 248, the Assembly overrode the French Senate which had twice before rejected the bill. The new system of voting, which modifies France's proportional-representation system (TIME, April 16), is designed to give the least possible chance at the polls to Communists and Gaullists, but to favor the third force coalition. The bill clears the way for general elections in June. Most likely date: June 17.


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