France: Turnout for Maurice

Some of the noblest bones of France lie in the sod of Père-Lachaise, the most stately cemetery in Paris. It was there, and not in a humble graveyard, that French Communists last week buried Maurice Thorez, for three decades their leader.

Not in living memory had a French man received in death so lavish an outpouring of homage—a sobering reminder that France's shrunken Communist Party, with 240,000 card-carrying members, is still the nation's biggest. Ever since a Russian jet had flown his body back from the Black Sea, where he died of a...

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