FRANCE: Republic in Danger?

One midnight last week a liveried lackey in the Chamber of Deputies reached up and stopped the clock. Hours later, still under the fiction that it was not yet June 1, when a new provisional monthly credit would have had to be voted, tired Premier Daladier summoned reporters.

"Messieurs," said he. "France has a budget. It is not the best budget in the world, with a deficit of over 3,500,000,000 francs [$163,450,000] among other weaknesses, but it is the best budget that anyone has a right to expect in these critical times."

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