Items of Interest

Saturday, February 18, M. Emile Loubet was elected President of France to succeed M. Felix Faure. As was expected, the election of the new president was followed by a riot. Paris was besieged and armed cavalry was necessary to clear the streets. During the rioting forty-six persons, including fourteen policemen, were injured and two hundred and fifty arrests were made.

There is every sign of a campaign against President Loubet similar to that which drove M. Casimir-Perier to resign. Clearly, La Patrie Francaise will leave no stone unturned to achieve this object, its chief ground of objection beign that the President is a Dreyfusard.

The keynote of M. Loubet's policy may probably be found in the following conversation with M. Bourgeois, leader of the Moderate Radicals, who came to offer to the new President the support of his party. Before accepting it, M. Loubet said:— "You are doubtless aware that one of the first enactments of any ministry of mine will be a stringent law to stem the current of insult, infamy, and defamation which now befouls France. I fear that, perhaps, legislation of this kind will scarcely tally with the radical ideas."

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February 23, 1899

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