Pierre Mendès-France was of the same opinion.
Four days before the referendum, on 24 October, the Gaullist organ, La Nation, saw the crisis as an argument pleading for a strong executive.
Maurice Thorez, the Secretary-General of the Communist Party said exactly the same thing the next day when addressing pary members in his Ivry constituency: "You will say NO to De Gaulle and to Kennedy. You will cast a NO vote out of solidarity with the courageous people of Cuba and its legendary leader, Fidel Castro."
Claude Bourdet was "sceptical" about Kennedy's accusations, all the more so as the CIA was used to producing "forged evidence". Claude Bourdet advocated "neutralism", and demanded that public opinion worldwide should rally in a "vast campaign in the defence of Cuba, bringing pressure to bear on the US, and including a boycott of American exports."
On the contrary, in the 29 October issue of Le Figaro, Raymond Aron vindicated the American response to the Soviet "provocation" which, he wrote, was the result of Khrushchev's wish to gain advantages in relation with the Berlin issue.
On October 24, the Socialist daily, Le Populaire de Paris, declared that entire responsibility lay with the Soviets, and approved Kennedy's "firm stand". The next day, the same paper asked people to "keep cool" but show "total solidarity with the Allies".
Ambassador André François-Poncet, in the 26 October issue of Le Figaro, wrote that it was "necessary to bring Soviet expansionism to a halt for good" and that transatlantic solidarity was "the best deterrent".
To the left, French Communists soon campaigned in favour of Cuba. By October 23, "all the friends of peace" were called up to "Stop the aggression against Cuba!". They denounced the "sheer lies" of the US who was the only country operating bases "encircling the Socialist countries".
L"Humanité, in its 24 October issue, showed that thermonuclear war was a bogey put forward by Capitalist trusts: "Are we prepared to die for United Fruit?".
For L"Humanité, the peaceful settlement was made possible because the Soviet Union had spoken with the voice of reason, and because of Khrushchev's composure. Like Pravda, the organ of the French Communist Party endeavoured to lend weight to the theory that, yielding to international pressure, the US had to give up its imperialist policy, lift the blockade and recognize the inviolability of Cuba.
But Le Figaro, like the majority of the Paris Press, wrote on October 29 that the way the crisis ended materialized "Kennedy's diplomatic victory" because the President "had shown great skill and judgement" in handling the crisis.
While admitting that "the two K's had handled the crisis with absolute mastery", the left-wing, intellectual weekly France Observateur, in its 1 November issue, came to the bitter conclusion that "the world belongs to whoever is in a position to destroy it".