The extreme gravity of the present fiscal crisis in France (TIME, Dec. 28 et ante) was again made evident last week by the failure of Premier Briand and Finance Minister Doumer to secure the unanimous support of the Cabinet for M. Doumer's fiscal program for the coming year.

Throughout the week the Cabinet held frequent sessions, and interminable dickering and wrangling ensued behind closed doors. Despatches reported that the causes of dissension within the Government itself were two: 1) The refusal of the Cartellist Ministers,* headed...

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