FRANCE: Election in December

When the present French Assembly expires, all France—and most of the rest of the world, too—will find it easy to contain its grief. In 4½ years, the Assembly has overthrown six governments, spent one week out of every five bogged down in a Cabinet crisis, tabled more than 13,000 bills while approving less than 1,000. Last week the Deputies were maneuvered into voting themselves out of office six months before their time.

The man who brought it off was agile Premier Edgar Faure, a wily practitioner of parliamentary maneuver. After squeaking through three confidence votes in less than three weeks,...

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