FRANCE: Decree

The Paris press has long been the sewer system of world journalism. Few are the Parisian newsmen who cannot be bought, rare is the newspaper unwilling to be "subsidized." Not only does the French Government, which always maintains a secret fund, pass out generous pay checks to writers and editors, but foreign Governments also contribute. During the Ethiopian crisis of 1935 the Italian Government bought a few editorial pages. The way some prominent Paris newspapers have handled their German "news" recently suggests that slush funds from the Third Reich are also being passed...

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