FRANCE: Assembly Again

The French Constitution of 1946 gave almost all executive as well as legislative powers to the National Assembly. Since then it has been almost impossible for a French government to do anything without the Assembly. On the other hand, the failure of French parties to unite against Communism has made it almost impossible to do anything important with the Assembly. For four years France has found no way out of the dilemma.

Premier René Pleven's cabinet of Socialists, Popular Republicans, other center and moderate right parties, formed last July, shooed off the Assembly for a pro longed vacation. Then Pleven announced...

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