JAPAN: Traffic in Indo-China

The efficiency of Georges Mandel, before the fall of France Minister of Colonies under Daladier (and later of Interior), was often characterized as "deadly." Last week, ironically, this deadliness seemed to be catching up with both his person and his work. He was the first on the list of civil trials (see p. 27). And one of France's colonies on which he lavished his efforts was apparently doomed.

When Georges Mandel became Minister of Colonies in April 1938, France was growing defense-conscious. To French Indo-China was allotted 440,000,000 francs for anti-aircraft guns, coastal batteries, improved harbors, other defenses. In order to...

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