FRANCE: Fiscal Babel

Early last week Premier Paul Painlevé submitted to the Finance Committee of the Chamber a definite plan for the fiscal rehabilitation of France. There ensued seven days of picturesque wrangling and wirepulling, which the French press characterized almost unanimously as "scandalous." As the week closed, the Painlevé bill emerged momentarily to public view in a revised and amended form. Only Le Bon Dieu was aware what further and possibly indefinite modifications it might undergo before passing from the Committee into the Chamber itself.

The Original Bill may be succinctly described as a...

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