FRANCE: Convenient Crisis

De Lasteyrie, Finance Minister, was in the Chamber of Deputies, attending to a routine finance bill. Only 80 deputies were present. The radicals proposed to adopt a Senate measure, proposing a 2,600,000,000 franc increase in pensions; the Finance Minister made an issue of the matter. The 80 voted. The attendants cast the proxies left by absentee members. When the vote was counted, the Government had lost by seven votes&$151;271 to 264.

M. de Lasteyrie rushed out and informed Premier Poincaré, who was discussing the Turkish Treaty of Lausanne with the Senate Foreign...

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