FRANCE: Steeg's Big Five

To an oldster, to a stern radical-Socialist with a dauntless record of success, fussy little President Gaston Doumergue of France handed last week the mandate of a Prime Minister.

Once again France was to have a government of the Left. The previous cabinet, that of youngster Andre Tardieu who fell two weeks ago (TIME, Dec. 15), was of the Right. Two other statesmen, Louis Barthou (Right) and Pierre Laval (Independent), tried and failed to form cabinets. It was definitely the turn of Left Oldster Theodore Steeg.

M. Steeg held that most trying post,...

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