Like Britain's, France's Socialist Government is dedicated to an economy planned from womb to tomb. Last week, in a five-page decree to France's morticians, Premier Paul Ramadier and Interior Minister Edouard Depreux offered a formula fixing the price for coffin-carrying in a two-horse hearse:
T divided by T sub o = a + b times (S divided by S subscript o)
plus c times (M divided by M subscript o)
plus d times (V divided by V subscript o)
plus e times (N divided by N sub o)
where T and T subscript o represent the new and old tariffs,...