FRENCH PUBLIC OPINION
From Our French Correspondent
In France, public opinion is still divided on the attitude to adopt towards Italy. As I have already said in the Catholic Herald, the right is in the main favourable to Mussolini. The reactionary papers are curiously contradictory, attacking what, not long ago, they applauded. Thus they are formulating all the arguments in support of Italian revisionism which they rejected with scorn when they emanated from German journalists.
On the other hand they are cynically taking up the argument of some British pacifists, that " sanctions are war." They parade their forgetfulness of the violence with which they always criticised and condemned that argument, "the enemy of collective security." Finally they go so far as to pronounce in favour of the localisation of the conflict against the " indivisibility of peace" thus supporting the views of the Fiihrer himself.
Popular Front Condemns Laval
As for the left thp ern,
directed against M. Laval even more than against the Duce.
"The People's Front understands the immense efforts at conciliation made by the French representative, but it feels that the means he used have rather strengthened Mussolini's intractability than discouraged him. The head of the Italian government has certainly interpreted French advances as a tacit agreement to leave him a free hand irt Abyssinia. If, from the very beginnieg of the conflict and the military prepaiations in Italy, our Minister for Foreigr Affairs had given the master of Rome clearly to understand that he was deiermined to abide by the pact, the lane might perhaps have come to some agreement which allowed both for the special interests ' of Italy and the maintenance of the territorial integrity an political independence of Abyssinia."
1% Laval's Fate?
Will M. Laval be " punished " by these ,,„;asts T.