Foreign News: Tribune of the People

Americans aboard the Gripsholm (see p. 26) brought the sad news from shackled France: portly, jolly-jowled, kind-eyed Edouard Herriot is dead. He died in a prison of silence, watched by Vichy jailers. The P├ętain government did not proclaim the death, did not mourn the massive liberal who was thrice Premier of France, 36 years Mayor of Lyon, always a tribune of the people.

For the Republic. For two decades Edouard Herriot, son of a bourgeois army officer, had been the symbol of all that was benevolent, expansive and enduring in French civilization.


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