36 Int'l Lab. Rev. 1 (1937)

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VOL. XXXVI, No. 1.                                   JULY 1937
A Year of Experiment in France: I
by
Fernand MAURETTE
The Popular Front Government, which came into power in
France after the election of May 1936, remained in office
for slightly over one year (4 June 1936 to 21 June 1937), and was
followed by a second Government of similar composition with
approximately the same supporters. It is no doubt too early to
give a complete description of, or pass final judgment on, the
accomplishments of that Government, in regard to social legislation
or in other matters. Even before resigning, however, the Govern-
ment had decided, after carrying out a number of social, economic,
and financial reforms which may be described as unprecedented
in the history of the Third Republic, to interrupt its programme,
in accordance with the views of the great majority of the general
public, so as to enable the country to assimilate the reforms already
passed and gather strength for further changes. The new Govern-
ment has confirmed this interruption of the programme.
It would therefore seem to be an appropriate moment to survey
the position, analyse the work already accomplished, and attempt
some explanation of it. This is what Mr. F. Maurette does in the
following article, with special reference to the social reforms and
their e~ects on the economic system and on the life of the nation.
THE PROGRAMME OF THE POPULAR COALITION
T HE work of the first popular coalition Government was
based not on a plan but on a programme. The distinction
will be obvious. A plan means a complete coherent outline
of certain tasks to be completed within a given period, the
outline being logically evolved from   a certain doctrine.    A
programme, on the other hand, is an enumeration of reforms

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