FRANCE: Crucial Slap

Stimulated by the success of liberals in England and Japan (see p. 25), Socialists, members of the Left Cartel in the Chamber of Deputies spent a busy week trying to overthrow the Poincaré government.

Having shunned the issue for three years, the Deputies were faced last week with ratifying the Mellon-Berenger Debt Agreement (TIME, July 8). No other course was open to them. They had either to ratify the agreement or pay a separate War supplies account of 400 millions to the U. S. on Aug. 1.

Early in the week the following...

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