FRANCE: Death & Crisis

Gigantic, limping Andre Maginot, Minister of War, died last week of typhoid fever. Friends of indomitable old Aristide Briand were forced to admit that he was too sick a man to continue as Foreign Minister. The Cabinet of Pierre Laval tottered.

To his friends, towering Minister Maginot was always "The Sergeant." At the beginning of the War he gave up his seat in the Chamber and enlisted as a private. He lost a leg at Verdun, and realizing that after the War he would value the votes of thousands of poilus, refused...

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