INTERNATIONAL: Best Bargain

Which Capitalist European Power would be the first to swallow its hatred of Communism and make a military ally of Soviet Russia? The Russians frankly needed and wanted a European friend to protect their back in case they ever fight Japan in the East. Germany and Poland, however, were too close to the Bolshevik Menace to see the opportunity. Three weeks ago France hesitantly took the plunge, signed a Treaty of Mutual Assistance with Russia (TIME, May 13). Last week Pierre Laval, Foreign Minister of France, arrived in Moscow to see what...

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