E quite remarkable conservatism -mof the average Frenchman was once again demonstrated during the Just scrutins,of the municipal eleetions ilie
last Sunday. Iii the words of one corn
" Nothing has changed. In a trembling world whose very surface. seems at times to quake, the French electors maintain a placidity and an indifference that are extraordinary. Certain people glory in this amazing calm. and call, it a proof of the eXperience of an ancient deinneracy. Others see in it a case of leirdening of the arteries' and of decadenee. We share the latter %love' 'Whea tho results are complete—the first. scrutiny being but little mnre thee a discovery on the part of the inany parties as to how they stand with a. view te manoeuvring for the next, eel-witty-our Freneli eoreespondent will ii III
their sigielleanee,. eleemellileWe can only note a slow
driii, the direetion of Communism, Willi 1111' elf1 eNreptint) or PiiriS, \\Alert!
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In VleNV. hcivs•c). er, or hie atiorript le trim n. " 01111100n front, thetween the au:eat:es rood the eon ii min iStS the lack progrees of the " left " parties is eurpo !sing. In view of the economic state of the Coliiiiry and Of the international crises with which it is preoceupied It would seem the eieetions show two things : the hard-headedness and common .sense of tlie average middle-class Frenchman, and the remarkable absence ter ans. kind 01' learn:Lelia) worth the name.