FRANCE: I Will Not Submit to Usury

France's audacious Premier Mendès-France lives on drama. By making Christmas the deadline for ratification of the Paris accords, he has loaded the interim period with high suspense. His Assembly opponents countered by filling the script with highly charged dialogue.

The first matter before the House was a bill amending the French constitution. This proposal was so far short of the reforms that France needs that it quickly became known as La Réformette. In fact, instead of making it harder for the Assembly to unseat Premiers at will, it provides that a candidate needs only a simple majority of those voting, instead...

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