FRANCE: Paris Wit

The people of Paris have a curious sense of humor and no matter how tragic a circumstance may be they can always find in it de quoi rire.

When, in 1920, President Deschanel fell out of a train dressed in his pajamas — a really sad story — the Parisiens seized upon the incident with witty avidity. The following day every amusement place in Paris resounded with jokes at the expense of the unfortunate Deschanel.

Now, less than a month after the fall of President Millerand (TIME, June 23)...

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