Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

Leon Blum: Poet to Premier

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Among the paradoxes thronging the career of Léon Blum, rhymer, jurist and former millionaire, who became on June 4, 1936, the first Socialist and the first Hebraic Premier of France, not the least is a singularity which startled the author on his arrival last summer in Paris, with a commission to undertake a series of articles for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Concerning this personage, one of the most discussed in the world, the entire Bibliothèque Nationale failed to yield more than half a dozen pages of biographical material. The official bookshop of the Socialist Party, in the Rue Victor Massé, was unable to produce so much as a paragraph on the life of its chieftain. "Principles count," I was admonished, "not men."

Nevertheless, in view of the Prime Minister's struggle to prevent France from dropping into either of the two bigotries, Les deux mystiques, of Communism and Fas-

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