FRANCE: Behind a Bush

From the hinterland of coal-hungry France, word reached Paris that a rich coal mine had been discovered at Tremolin in the Loire Department. Interministerial conferences were held. Then came the decree, signed by the President of the Government and the Ministers of Industrial Production, Finance and National Economy. It said: "All mining installations, materials, patents and licenses, buildings for housing the workers and other industrial chattels belonging to the Tremolin Mining Corporation, owned by Monsieur Jacques Garden are confiscated and declared state property."

Last week a reporter of the Paris newspaper France-Soir...

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