FRANCE: 99th Resignation

Astute and worldly Pierre Laval took one look last week at the impossible situation created for his Cabinet by the resignation of its Radical Socialist members for internal party reasons and refused to go before the Chamber of Deputies.

"I have won two games and a rubber," he jested, referring to the four successive votes of confidence with which his seven months of political tightrope balancing were crowned recently. "I have been a sportsman. They can ask no more of me. I resign."

Since M. Laval is of the Moderate Right, the Socialists...

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