March 1921

Communist International

ECCI

March 1921


Long live the communist party of France!


Long live the French proletariat!



LETTER FROM THE ECCI

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE FRENCH SOCIALIST PARTY

AT TOURS






Dear Comrades,


The ECCI will follow with intense interest the course of your congress, which will undoubtedly occupy a prominent place in the history of the French workers'

movement.

We have read the draft of the resolution bearing the signatures of comrades Loriot, Monatte, Souvarine, Cachin, Frossard, and others. With the exception of certain points (for example, the question of the name of the party) we can agree with this resolution.

We have also read the draft of the resolution signed by Jean Longuet, Paul Faure, and others. This resolution is permeated through and through with the spirit of reformism and the most pettifogging diplomacy. The theses approved by the second congress of the Communist International permit certain exceptions to be made in regard to those reformists who now submit to the decisions of the Communist International and renounce their former opportunism. The resolution signed by Longuet and Faure shows that Longuet and his group have no desire to be exceptions in the reformist camp. They were and are outright conductors of bourgeois influence into the proletariat. Their resolution is unmistakable, not only on the points it deals with, but even more on those about which its authors keep silent. On the world revolution, the proletarian dictatorship, the Soviet system,

Longuet and his friends prefer to say nothing, or to utter the most banal ambiguities. The Communist International can have nothing in common with the authors of such a resolution.

The worst service that could be done to the French proletariat in the present state of affairs would be to think up some kind of confusing compromise which would then turn out to be shackles on the feet of your party. We are deeply convinced that the majority of the conscious workers of France will not allow such a despicable compromise with the reformists, but will at last create at Tours a strong and united genuine communist party free of reformist and semi-reformist elements.


In this spirit we greet your congress and wish it success.


Long live the communist party of France!

Long live the French proletariat!