FRANCE: Butcher's Son's Cabinet

There is little accounting for the Chamber of Deputies. The same Chamber that cut Prime Minister Tardieu's majority to seven, that gave Prime Minister Steeg a majority of ten and then booted him out, suddenly softened last week toward the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Laval, a man no bigger than either of his predecessors. To Prime Minister Laval the Chamber gave a handsome working majority of 54 on his first test vote, a vote that seemed to promise continuation of the Laval cabinet perhaps until after the presidential elections in May....

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