FRANCE: Reynaud Budget

In the French Chamber of Deputies the yearly budget debate drags on for dreary weeks, has none of that snap and surprise which makes the British Budget a sort ot Olympic Game always played to packed galleries in the House of Commons (TIME, April 21).

Worn to a frazzle—as were likewise half the orators in France—Finance Minister Paul Reynaud put through last week by the tremendous majority of 405 to 191 a budget balancing at 50 billion francs ($2,000,000,000).

Per capita the French now owe a national debt of $466. Just across the...

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