FRANCE: Cabinet on Brink

Two votes—such was the breathlessly narrow margin by which the French Cabinet avoided defeat in the Chambre des Députés last week.

Had not twelve Cabinet Ministers taken care to be in the Palais Bourbon and cast their votes, the Government's majority of two would have been a minority of ten, necessitating the resignation of Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré, famed "Savior of the Franc."

The fact is that M. Poincaré's present coalition of the Right-Center is not expected to hold together much longer. The potent Cartel des Gauches or Coalition of Left...

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