Thursday, December 6, 1973
I HE MICHIGAN UAILY
Thursday, December 6, 1973 lHEMICHIQ~AN VAILY
CONTROL MEASURES ANNOUNCED:
Communist sumnit proposed
PARIS (Reuter) -- The French
government today iin :ed new
measures to restr: in soaring
prices in advance of a one-day
general strike today that threat-
ens to paralyze the country.
Trains, buses, power supplies,
mail deliveries, air traffic,
broadcasting, newspapers and en-
tertainment will be severely hit
by the strike, called by Frances
powerful left-wing unions in pro-
test against the runaway prices.
SEEKING TO EASE the dis-
content, finance minister Valery
Destaing announced an anti-infla-
tion package based on sharp
credit restrictions, a tightening
of price controls and a slow-
down in public spending.
The price-dampening m o v e s
were approved by the cabinet as
the railwaymen jumped the gun
for tomorrow's strike. They stop-
ped work early this morning,
leaving only one out of every
four scheduled trains running.
The strike threatens to be the
most widespread shutdown of
the French economy since sim-
ilar stoppages in 1968, a year
the government faced a stu-
THE MAIN thrust of the mea-
sures announced by Destaing
was to reduce the money in cir-
culation. He proposed a ban on
rent increases, imposed a ceil-
ing on dividend payments and or-
dered income tax payments to
be brought forward.
He also announced a 100 mil-
lion cut in state expenditure.
News that prices rose in Oc-
tober by 1.1 per cent - high-
est monthly increase for f i v e
years - sustained the unions
in their strike call.
threatened by huge strike
BUT DEST\ING, applying yes-
terday's overill common m'Irket
agreement on fighting inflation,
warned today that the strike was
more likely to precipitate a
crisis than to ward it off.
"We are entering difficult
times," he said in a statement to
the press. This is due to two
events coinciding: The slowdown
in world economic activity and
the world oil crisis."
He said that France was not
isolated from the oil crisis how-
ever privileged a position it en-
j "d with the Arabs. The crisis
mnst therefore rub off against
France, he argued.
HIS WARNING came amid re-
ports that the giant French car
firm Citrogen will halt production
for a week from December 24
because of the deteriorating en-
The big problem facing of-
fice and shopworkers here to-
morrow will be getting to work.
Bus, Metro and commuter ser-
vices in the Paris area w i 1 1
mostly be cancelled, forcing hun-
dreds of thousands of people to
use their private cars and con-
tribute to inevitable traffic jams.
THE STATE-RUN airlines Air
France and Air Inter said domes-
tic flights will be cut by about
No newspapers except the Gaul-
list Party Daily "La Nation"
will be published and the state-
controlled broadcasting system
announced that television a n d
radio services will consist of lit-
tle more than recorded music.
MOSCOW (Reuter) - The So-f
viet Communist Party has propos-
ed a world communist conference
next year, Party sources said
The Soviet Party has passed its
proposals to communist parties
throughout the world, the sources
A MAJOR AIM of the confer-
ence would be to assert the Soviet
Union's claims to political leader-
ship of the third world, at the
same time blocking China's rival
The communist summit would
adopt a charter for the conduct of
world affairs, extending detente in
Europe and between Moscow and
Washington, to all regions.
Previous world communist con-
ferences were held in 1957, and
nUT REACTION to the l test
c ll is likely to be sharply divid-
ed through the world commun-
ist movement, the sources said.
The Soviet proposal is to be dis-
cussed at a coming gathering of
West European communist par-
ties, communist sources said.
Moscow is thought to be the
most suitable center for the con-
ference, since the Soviet Party
regards itself as father of the
world movement. But some west-
ern parties would prefer a change
to another communist capital.
CHINA IS BELIEVED to have
been included in the invitations,
but it is likely that Peking will ig-
nore the proposal, as it did during
the 1969 Moscow summit.
add color to
Nothing adds color to our high-
ways like a car crash.
And drunk drivers are involved
in at least 800,000 crashes a year.
And drunk drivers are involved
in the killing of at least 25,000
people a year.
Highways don't have to be this
It's up to you.
Drunk drivers, problem drinkers
and abusive drinkers may be
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But first we've got to get them
off the road.
For their sake and yours.
Do something. Get in touch
with the National Safety Coun-