In later years, when Maurice Thorez was asked to explain why his party made no attempt at revolution after the Second World War, he gave three reasons. First, it would have provoked a civil war which the Communists would have lost. ‘With the Americans in France, the revolution would have been annihilated. France would have experienced the fate of Greece on an even larger scale … ‘ Second, the ‘great mass’ of French people was not ready for socialist revolution: by no means all the sympathisers the party had won during the resistance could have been mobilised for this purpose. Third, ‘you must take account of the international situation. To start a revolution would have meant ignoring this reality, it would have meant that we totally lacked the sense of our responsibilities.’1


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