Urbane, witty Jean Hippolyte Giraudoux, playwright and novelist, is always irritated to be called a propagandist. He insists he is simply the chief of the French Commissariat General de I'Information. Another pet annoyance is to be told that France and Britain are fighting a "phony war," and last week, in a speech of high literary quality before the American Club in Paris, M. Giraudoux set about to correct any such notions held by transatlantic strategists.

Already in this war, said M. Giraudoux, more British sailors and French soldiers have been lost than in...

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