FRANCE: Loud Forensics

"Alfonse and Gaston," famed comic-strip Frenchmen in comical silk hats, came irresistibly to mind, last week as the Chamber debated with classic frenzy the fiscal policy to be pursued by France. Finance Minister Caillaux, a bald and dapper "Gaston," outlined with deadly earnestness in a high pitched squeaky voice the keynotes of his plan to save the franc:

Un. The Government to demand authority from Parliament to act by decree and to conduct in secret its operations to resuscitate the franc. (It touched a new low-for-all-time last week—39.01 to the dollar.)

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