FROM JULY 3 TO AUGUST 3
National Union Cabinet under Poincare.—A rapid sequence of cabinet changes in France ended on July 23 with the establishment of a strong “Government of National Union’’ headed by Raymond Poincare. The Briand Ministry fell on June 17, when a part of its Socialist supporters led by Herriot joined the Nationalists in defeating the financial measures of M. Caillaux. M. Herriot, the Socialist leader, then organized a weak ministry which lasted but two days, during which the franc touched a new low level. Upon its defeat, 302 delegates in an appeal to the President pledged their support for any cabinet organized on a strong basis from leaders of all parties.
Former Premier Poincare, assuming this task, announced-on July 23, a cabinet, which included six former premiers, with M. Poincare as Premier and Minister of Finance, M. Briand at his old post of foreign affairs, M. Painleve as Minister of War, and M. Herriot as Minister of Education. The cabinet represented the whole Right Center and Moderate Left.