ITALY: New Deal?

The diplomatic ace of France, scholarly but dapper and cosmopolitan André François-Poncet, who was once professor of German at the École Normale, later French Ambassador to Nazi Germany and now to Fascist Italy, last week hurried from Paris to Rome. On him were the eyes of the chancelleries of Europe. He was said to carry to Benito Mussolini from Edouard Daladier a generous basis for adjustment of the outstanding claims of Italy against France—claims which just 13 months ago were voiced in the Italian Chamber with raucous shouts of "Tunisia! Corsica! Nice!" (TIME, Dec. 12, 1938).

During this hubbub the French...

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