FRANCE: How to Please a Coalition

After ten days of crisis, France seemed about to get a new government. Conservative (Radical Socialist) Henri Queuille, 66, who saved the day under similar circumstances 2½ years ago, was confirmed as Premier by an Assembly vote of 359 to 205.

In Queuille's plans for a new government, no party's sentiments were overlooked. He offered the Socialists and other leftist deputies an increase in the minimum wage. Rightists were assured that resulting price boosts would not be offset by widespread consumer subsidies. Queuille promised the farmers a subsidy on commercial fertilizer prices, the workers a subsidy to keep coal and electricity...

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