Foreign News: Just Around the Corner?

Ebullient Pierre Mendès-France is a youthful (38) politician with a veteran's flair for gauging the public mood. Last week spring burgeoned in Paris, and it was inevitable that winter-weary, war-worn Frenchmen should feel that at least half their troubles were over. Sensitive Mendes-France sniffed deeply and bounced up with the most optimistic official word yet on French recovery.

Said Minister of National Economy Mendès-France: "Conditions now appear ripe for improvement." The curve of the national economy, which touched its nadir several weeks ago, is now rising. Shipping is no longer so scarce; for example, the port of Marseilles handles more than...

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