FRANCE: Parliament Rises

"There are times when it is necessary to speak clearly. Messieurs, the whole fate of French finances rests on your decision." Such was the climax of a great speech in the Chamber of Deputies last week—a speech that came in compact, persuasive phrases from Premier Raymond Poincaré. At 66 and long since a greybeard, he retains in debate the vigor and combative strength of youth. Last week, in his secondary role of Finance Minister, M. Poincaré was defending his latest budget against the tacking on of a ruinously costly amendment to...

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