Communist Party Convention in France as view from Moscow

The French Communist Party gathering - Moscow was dubious.

July 7, 1947 – Moscow Looks At France’s Big Turn To The Right – Wage Demands And Strikes – Postwar Uneasiness.

Communist Party Convention in France
The French Communist Party gathering – Moscow was dubious.
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July 7, 1947. One of the side aspects to the Cold War; the propaganda war and the regular newscasts portraying life in the Soviet world, as opposed to life everywhere else.

On this particular newscast, the emphasis is on the then-current state of affairs in France and the “big turn to the right” as reported by Radio Moscow. Earlier that morning, the session of the National Council of the French Socialist Party closed after lasting for two days. The Council passed a resolution demanding the preservation of the government of Paul Ramadier by 2,576 votes to 2,058, with 127 abstentions. The session once again emphasized the anti-Communist position of the French Socialist Party and its gradual move to the right. Paul Ramadier, Guy Moll and Leon Blum spoke against Communist participation in the government.

The approaching municipal elections in France in October, were compelling the Socialist Party to conceal, in any possible way, their “too-obvious movement to the right” as Radio Moscow put it. Compounding the issue was the potential of several upcoming labor strikes, based on wage demands, further adding apprehension to the threatened strike by Civil Servants on July 10th. Strikes were also boiling up among the Postal and railway workers. It was looking to be a long, hot Summer in Paris.

The British Labour Party recommended its organizations not take part in the upcoming International Youth Festival in Prague. Questions raised over Brazil’s purchase of 100 bombers from the U.S. government, at a time when Brail was “suffering a most serious crisis, the government spends over $1 million dollars on planes, and that was just a preliminary payment – the Brazilian newspaper Democracia, in an editorial asked “just whom are we intending to fight?”.

And reports from Austria claiming U.S. Occupation forces were releasing German prisoners of war, along with several prominent Nazis, despite Austrian officials warning that several war criminals were among the released.

And that’s just a small fraction of what was going on in the world according to Radio Moscow’s nightly news broadcast for July 7, 1947.

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