FRANCE: Democratic Victory

In an atmosphere strained as the inside of a tiger cage, France last week held its first election since Gaston Doumergue took over the Premiership during the bloody riots which followed the Stavisky disclosures (TIME. Feb. 19). At stake were local provincial offices everywhere except in Paris. Month or so ago any political prophet would have said that the public's never-ceasing indignation at the corruption revealed by the "Stavisky affair" would be the major issue in any French election. But fortnight ago Papa Doumergue, in a drive...

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