FRANCE: The Hard Truth

Warned President Felix Gouin, in his first report to the National Assembly:

"A first duty is imposed on us: that of telling the French the truth, the whole truth, hard as it may be. . . . Here . . . are the harsh realities we must face . . . less wheat, less meat, less wine, less potatoes."

To fit the harsh realities, President Gouin proposed a harsh program: 1) deflationary budget cuts, 2) wage and price freezing, 3) limits on nationalization, 4) crushing of black markets, 5) speedup of food and other commodity distribution. He also offered a slogan: "Work,...

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