FRANCE: Record

Setting something of a record for legislation in France, the French Cabinet one day last week decreed 80 new laws ranging from a 402-article "Code of the French Family" to a prescription of the death penalty for ten forms of espionage.

Most important political decree was one prolonging the life of the present Chamber of Deputies until June 1942, or two years beyond the four-year term for which the Deputies were elected in 1936. Only precedent for prolonging the Chamber occurred in 1918, during the World War, but even so there was no exact parallel. Then the Chamber, rather than the...

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