FRANCE: High Diplomacy, with Trumpets

Europe's "honest broker," French Premier Pierre Laval, achieved one of the outstanding triumphs of post-War diplomacy last week, and a Gallic jest. After enjoying a repast in one of Paris' best restaurants and paying like the very devil for it, with 10% "for service" on top, M. Laval was approached by the fawning Patron who murmured, "Perhaps M. le Président would pen a precious thought in our Golden Book?"

Taking the pen without a flicker, sardonic Premier Laval wrote as his precious thought of the moment, "10%." Then, scribbling his autograph beneath, he strolled out as pleased with himself as only...

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