FRANCE: Far from Ruined

It is usual for a Cabinet to "fall," overthrown by an adverse vote, but it can also "jump"—that is, simply resign. This rare but not unprecedented maneuver Premier Camille Chautemps executed in Paris last week, taking full advantage of his great personal triumph in having just put through both Chamber and Senate by huge majorities his Modern Labor Charter (TIME, March 7).

The Premier and Vice Premier Léon Blum have wished for weeks that the Cabinet might fall, so that it could be reconstructed as a "National Government" without the Communists, and Socialist...