April 15, 1958

CRISIS IN FRANCE: Following the collapse of the Gaillard government in France, French President Rene Coty met with the president of the National Assembly and then with reprsentatives of the main political groups represented in it. He met with Jacques Duclos (Communist – 150 deputies), Jean Charlot (Socialist – 100 deputies, Antoine Pinay (Independent – 95 deputies), Eduard Moisan (Christian Democrats – 75 deputies), Eduard Daladier (Radical – 50 deputies) and the extreme right (40 deputies). Duclos said after his meeting with Coty that the vote that led to the fall of the government showed that a majority of the left was enough to form a government. The Communist leader’s statement led to a response by the Socialist representative regarding an attempt to avoid breaking up the «alliances» with regard to the foreign policy France had been exercising so far. MARIA CALLAS: The famous Greek soprano Maria Callas has finally made an effort to regain the favor of the Italian public after her dramatic walkout during a performance of «Norma» in January at the Rome Opera House. She is to appear in Donizetti’s «Anna Bolena» at La Scala, in Milan.

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