FRANCE: Kiss the Reds Good-by

Proud were the French last week as detailed reports on their crisis mobilization of 1,500,000 men showed that it went off everywhere with clocklike perfection.

In 1914, the first two weeks of French mobilization were featured by unholy traffic jams and messes. Aghast, however, was Paris last week to learn that, if war had come, a large, percentage of the capital's population would have lacked gas masks—a fine French scandal for which no culprit or scapegoat had been found up to this week. Meanwhile, energetic, square-jawed Radical Socialist Premier Edouard Daladier was...