President Gaston Doumergue left Paris for Cherbourg, where he reviewed "what of our fleet is left to us." Speaking on board the cruiser Paris at a luncheon of honor, he stressed the imperious necessity of a well-equipped navy for the protection of France and her vast overseas empire.
Continuing, "the President said :
"Our navy came out of the War gloriously, though battered and spent, but its wounds and losses have made it all the more dear to us.
"It is, therefore, only natural that within the limit of our resources and within the limit...