FRANCE: Time for Reflection

Amid hushed silence Premier Leon Blum arose last week in the Chamber of Deputies and spoke for two hours in defense of his 80-word bill to give the Popular Front Cabinet totalitarian powers. "There is nothing to prevent us from profiting by certain experiences of the totalitarian regimes," observed this persuasive Socialist. "The German example is eloquent in this respect. The democracies cannot longer remain in a state of inferiority compared with the totalitarian countries!"

This was proclaiming political bankruptcy of the French Republic as a form of government, although the Communist-Socialist-Radical...

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