FRANCE: Center Holds

And the leftist split grows wider

The crack in France's leftist alliance has turned into a chasm. Last week the Communists announced that in the next few months they would hold 25,000 mass meetings—at a cost of $2 million —to "explain" the sins of the Socialist Party to French voters. Abandoning their earlier strategy of silence about the split, the Socialists are busy turning out books and pamphlets defending their position. Both sides refuse to compromise on the contentious issue of how much of French industry should be nationalized under the common program...

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