World War: Boast & Threat

The French High Command, normally taciturn, last week authorized an extended commentary which contained both a major boast and a major threat. It said:

"Our work of fortification, carried out from the start [of war] at an accelerated pace, is now virtually complete. The essential purpose of this work was, in a sense, to double the Maginot Line. Thus, in the north of France and in the Jura [Swiss border] there has been constructed a line of defense that may well be described as formidable.

"From the first of this month our new line of fortifications seems to have removed any hope the...

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