The French Communist Party declared its independence from Moscow and its determination to seek a more liberal life with personal freedom, at the end of its congress in Paris on Sunday (8 February).
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Background: The French Communist Party declared its independence from Moscow and its determination to seek a more liberal life with personal freedom, at the end of its congress in Paris on Sunday (8 February).
The head of the party, Georges Marchais, underlined the policy shift by sharply rebuking the Soviet Union for repressing human liberty.
At the end of his speech on the closing day, he brought the 1,700 delegates to their feet with a rallying cry designed to show this party's independence: "Long live Socialism in French colours".
The congress marked a critical stage in the history of the French party, the second largest in the western world. Its overall effect was to set French Communists on the same independent course as the Italian Party, the largest in western Europe.
M. Marchais was unanimously re-elected as party Secretary-General. His appointment came after a party policy document that removed a long cherished aim...." the dictatorship of the Proletariat". Despite hesitation among some delegates about dropping the major plank of Marxist. Leninist doctrine, the congress finally agreed with the party leadership that the slogan was out of place and inappropriate for modern France.
SYNOPSIS: French Communists have formally abandoned the objective of a dictatorship of the working man, opening the way for a more liberal style of communism in France. This was decided at the final day of a congress in Paris on Sunday.
The head of the party, Georges Marchais, underlined the policy by sharply rebuking the Soviet Union for repressing human liberty. He underlined the need to assert the originality of French Communists when he called for them to drop the raised fist salute in favour of the outstretched hand. The new policy reflects the party's cool relations with Moscow and the Soviet Union has rebuked the French for their decision.
The delegates unanimously re-elected M. marchais to the party leadership and they also adopted a final document entitled "What the Communists want for France". It reaffirms the party's commitment to democracy and free elections and makes the way clear for winning support from Frenchmen outside the working class. Earlier the congress had heard M. Marchais say that western communists were at a historic crossroads because the capitalist world was crumbling. Congress clearly agreed with M. Marchais' remark that today political and economic democracy can only result from freedom of choice.