FRANCE: Hate, Hate, Hate!

His wife did not want him to write the letter; she was sure it would only get them all into trouble. But Jean Duval, factory worker, had made up his mind. "Gentlemen," he wrote to editors of the conservative Paris newspaper Le Monde, "you often criticize the U.S.S.R. . . . Well! in France one sees 'terror' and 'famine,' yes, famine."

Duval went on to explain that he was the father of six children, made 3,500 francs ($10) a week—scarcely enough to buy food for his family for three days. "If there is a straw mattress in the U.S.S.R., it...

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