Press: French Vendetta


A solid block of 300 French daily and weekly newspapers began last month pounding away at the so-called "New Deal Cabinet" of Socialist Premier Léon Blum. Over and over they hurled charges of which the most effective was the weekly Gringoire's incessant repetition that during the War the present Minister of the Interior, Roger Salengro, deserted from the front-line trenches and rode off into Germany on a bicycle.

Unable to deny that he was in fact court-martialed for desertion, M. Salengro became the butt of jokesters in Paris music halls who kept referring to...

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