Foreign News: Cradle to Grave

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,...

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