FRANCE: M. Pleven Takes His Turn

Economists, like other theologians, are mutually intolerant: Charles de Gaulle's Cabinet was no longer big enough to contain both of its respected doctors of finance. Minister of National Economy Pierre Mendès-France is a peppery proponent of controlled deflation, and Minister of Finance Rene Pleven, a suave supporter of controlled inflation. One day last week M. Mendès-France called on General de Gaulle, left his resignation. Two days later M. Pleven became Minister of National Economy and Finance.

Before he left for his home in the country—at Luoviers, where he is Mayor —M. Mendès-France unburdened himself of an earnest warning. The nation,...

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