FRANCE: Courageous Straddling

"A phantom government groping for a shadow majority in the darkness." Thus Le Temps last week characterized the struggles of Painlevé and his new Cabinet (TIME, Nov. 9): 1) to disentangle the numberless conflicting "live issues" perplexing the minds of French politicians; 2) to formulate a program that would command a working majority in the Chamber.

Two Major Issues emerged: 1) Should France retain and dominate at crushing expense her Moroccan and Syrian mandates? 2) Should France raise the funds necessary to balance her budget by a "capital levy?"

The Cabinet's Program: 1)...

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