FRANCE: Sir Ronald for Sir Eric

Top hats, morning coats, decorations—all the regalia of a brilliant diplomatic party last week adorned the bodies of virtually all of France's Cabinet Ministers, most of her home diplomats, many of her social leaders, in one of the gloomiest caverns in Paris—the Gare du Nord. The notables had gathered to say good-by to a good friend, wit, gourmet, an artisan of tact, a monocle-bearing, well-dressed Briton, Sir Eric Phipps, 64, retiring from the British diplomatic service after two years as Ambassador to France and after 30-odd in the service of his Kings.

Sir Eric Phipps was educated at esthetic King's...

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