Foreign News: Labor, Family, Country

Out of the chaos of the Franco-Prussian War emerged the French Constitution of 1875, a fragmentary, disharmonious conglomeration of laws that passed the National Assembly by a majority of one vote. It contained no provision for the judiciary organization of the country, virtually no legislation governing finance, not even a definition of citizens' rights. The only point upon which the quarreling Royalists and Republicans could agree was specific legislation to protect the nation against a personal dictatorship. The late reign of Napoleon III still fresh in mind, the Assembly invested the Chamber of Deputies...

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