French Communist held a mass demonstration in Paris on Thursday night (20 December) to support a Communist censure motion in the National Assembly against the basing of new American nuclear missiles in Europe.
French Communist held a mass demonstration in Paris on Thursday night (20 December) to support a Communist censure motion in the National Assembly against the basing of new American nuclear missiles in Europe. The motion describes the decision to instal more than five hundred new missiles as 'heavy with threats to peace and European security and for the security of France itself". The French government has so far refused to debate the issue in the Assembly.
SYNOPSIS: French Communists and sympathiser to their viewpoint on American nuclear missiles in Europe, turned out in force for the protest. The party maintains that, although France is not a member of NATO, it is a member of the Atlantic Alliance, making it an accomplice to what the Communists call an 'unjustifiable decision' to allow new American nuclear missiles to be based in Europe.
According to the British newspaper, the Guardian, the Communist action is seen as further proof of the French Communist Party realigning itself with Moscow. The Guardian says the stand is an attempt to increase the party's militant image in relation to its former allies, the Socialists. The Socialists turned down an invitation to join the march.
Meanwhile, French air force Mirage F-1 Squadrons have begun receiving France's newest Matra Super-five three-oh air-to-air missiles. These are equipped for high altitude supersonic dog-flights, making them capable of intercepting all the leading Soviet bomber and fighter planes.