FRANCE: Scandal Obliterated

Because Minister of Interior Jean Louis Malvy fell in a swoon (TIME, March 29) while enraged Deputies shrieked, "Traitor! Pig! Lover of Mata Hari!" and because he subsequently resigned from Premier Briand's Cabinet (TIME, April 19), many Frenchmen had been strengthened in their belief of the nine-year-old charge that he was once the lover of Mata Hari, a Javanese-Dutch dancer, who allegedly secured and sold to Germany secrets concerning the British tank (1917) and was shot as a spy on French soil a few months later.

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