The assassin shots that crumpled up indomitable old French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou at Marseille (TIME. Oct. 15) delayed until last week what Germany has most dreaded—consummation of the Barthou-Litvinoff project for a military pact linking the Soviet Union and the French Republic.

Since the two countries are worlds apart in spirit and institutions, the pact was signed and sealed last week not at one more Conference but at the musty but sumptuous old Quai d'Orsay. A Red with the same surname as Catherine the Great's spectacular paramour, Soviet Ambassador to...

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