FRANCE: In the Red

When the French Communist Party lost 140 seats fortnight ago in the French National Assembly, reducing its strength to ten, it lost more than its old power to block legislation and raise general hell. It also lost close to $1,000,000 a year in party revenues.

Deputies are paid about $700 a month. Communist Deputies hand over their entire salaries to the party, which then pays their taxes for them and doles back to all but the bigwigs as little as $143 a month apiece. Losing this steady income from the government it sought to overthrow, the Communist Party last week decided...

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