Mendes-France's Peace Efforts Command Broad French Backing

Gorrell, Frank
July 1954
New Republic;7/5/54, Vol. 131 Issue 1, p10
This article focuses on the peace efforts of French Premier Pierre Mendes-France. Seldom if ever has the National Assembly of the Fourth French Republic given to a candidate aspiring to the office of Premier the kind of enthusiastic ovation accorded to Mendes-France when he refused what then seemed the necessary support of the French Communist Party. His energy in arranging a meeting with Chinese Premier Chou En-lai at Bern, Switzerland and his announcement of their agreement to seek a cease-fire as rapidly as possible immediately won him an even more impressive vote of confidence. The essential problem of France can be over-simplified into a formula that should be familiar to Americans.


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