FRANCE: Again, Philibert

Frenchmen think he looks exactly like Ed Wynn, they are not sure whether he is insane, and they are always ready to read reams about the latest exploit of Hippolyte Marcellin Philibert Besson, the famed "Incredible Philibert" (TIME, Dec. 23). It is incredible but true that in hard-headed France, M. Philibert has got away with printing a fantastic international money which he calls the Europa Franc and which he manages to spend in the shops of his native district of Haute Loire which sent him in 1932 to the Chamber of Deputies. It...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!