Paris — Socalist-Communist ties fray further in France
The alliance between France's ruling Socialists and their Communist partners was under further strain Monday following the latest in a series of embarrassing local election defeats. The loss yesterday of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a Communist stronghold for 18 years, followed a pattern of dwindling support for the left in a traditional ''Red belt'' around Paris.
The right exulted at capturing a fifth town hall in rerun elections ordered after charges of fraud in polls last spring. In all cases the losing candidates were Communists, but they supposedly had the backing of Socialist supporters under an agreement to run joint candidates in towns of 30,000 people or more.