OCTOBER 2 TO NOVEMBER 1
FRANCO-AMERICAN TARIFF DISPUTE
Temporary Accord Reached.—The exchange of notes between the United States and France as a result of the recently increased French tariff ended at the close of October in a temporary agreement. This provides for the future negotiation of a permanent commercial treaty between the two nations, and until these negotiations are completed France agrees to allow American goods to enter at the lower rate in force prior to September 6. American concessions include the promise to consider the lifting of certain agricultural, sanitary, and pharmaceutical restrictions which have operated to the disadvantage of French imports to the United States, and the ending of all further efforts to ascertain French production costs through treasury agents in France. The U. S. Tariff Commission will also consider the demand of French perfume, silk, and textile industries for lower duties based on statistics of production costs. Although France grants the lower rates, she does not surrender in principle the right to negotiate reciprocity treaties without giving the same terms to other nations.