FRANCE: Record Cabinet

For the first time in 40 years the French budget, after passing the Chamber (TIME, Dec. 6), also passed the Senate last week, before Christmas.

The Cabinet of "Sacred Union" which made such legislative speed possible is no ordinary group of 13 ministers. Aside from their major attainments as statesmen, the Premier and eight of his ministers have published books of which France has no call to feel ashamed. Premier Poincaré and Minister of Justice Barthou have made history and then clapped it in scholarly fashion between covers. Foreign Minister Briand has to...

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