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Democratic Socialists, Communists and the New Left
By1956–68
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In France, after the invasion of Hungary, the PCF did lose the friendship of highly respected intellectuals Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and popular actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret. However, it survived the revelations about Stalin and the invasion of Hungary largely unscathed. Public opinion polls revealed that only 5 per cent of PCF voters felt any indignation at the Hungarian repression.4 As we saw in Chapter 3, a New Left type party, the Autonomous Socialist Party, was formed in 1958. Set up by André Philip after his expulsion from the SFIO, it advocated industrial democracy and selfmanagement.5 By becoming associated with former Premier Pierre Mendès-France the party attracted more publicity than its vote justified.