FRANCE: Endurance Test

After three weeks of embittered bickerings over the Emergency Taxation Bill, which is to give the Government power to enforce taxation by decree (TIME, Feb. 18 et seq.), the Government closed discussion and the bill was passed by a majority of 136 votes. It has now to go to the Senate. It was hoped that the bill would, if passed, become law by March 15.

The session at which the final vote was recorded lasted from 10 A.M. on one day to 7:05 A.M. on the following, with only two short intermissions. It...

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