FRANCE: Joffre

The French are fond of almost nobody, but they have been fond of Joseph Jacues Césaire Joffre ever since Paris was saved at the Battle of the Marne.

Who won the battle is not the piont. That will all be threshed out again for the hundredth time when Marshal Joffre's memoirs are published posthumously.

The point is that last week all France learned with an emotion hardly to be conveyed in words that on Dec. 19 the Marshal had sustained an amputation of his right foot, had been suffering the most terrible pain,...

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