French Communist Party leader Georges Marchais has blamed the Socialist Party for the defeat of the Left in the French general election in March.
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Background: French Communist Party leader Georges Marchais has blamed the Socialist Party for the defeat of the Left in the French general election in March. Speaking in Paris on Wednesday (3 May), M. Marchais said he was still firmly attached to the common programme, the joint Left-wing platform, over which the Communists and Socialists quarrelled last autumn. He was speaking after socialist leaders had attacked the Communists at a party convention the previous weekend.
SYNOPSIS: At the convention, Socialist leader Francois Mitterrand had accused M. Marchaie of treachery, and the Social Group leader in the National Assembly, M. Gaston Defferre, alleged the communists had deliberately set out to lose the election.
M. Marchais, speaking at a press conference, had hard words for his Socialist critics.
M. Marchais said the Communist Party's central committee had proved the socialist Party was definitely responsible for the defeat, because it had abandoned both the union between the two parties and the common programme, and had returned to a Social Democrat policy. The Socialists and others had tried to obscure this basic fact, he said, but though it was unpleasant, this was the truth of the matter.
M. Marchais said his party had encouraged discussion within its own cells and committees about the election failure. These had been fruitful, but he dismissed criticism by some communist intellectuals who had attacked the party for not setting itself apart from Moscow mor clearly and for losing its ideological base. He said this criticism was marginal, and of no interest to the party because most communist intellectuals supported its policies and actions. He denied that the party was suffering from an intellectual malaise.