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A " Times " Comment.

France's Difficult Position-

London, May 9.' " The Times " says an act of war on the part of the French against; the Russians might, m the circumatauces, considering the indifferent relations "between France and Germany, have proved disastrous to the former. If the iFrench Government; pushed to undue lengths their indulgence of the violent infringement of French neutrality m Indo-China, a it was owing to the knowledge that little was required to nake Germany take advantage of their dilemma. | War between France and Russia, even were | France victorious, would imply the loss of 440 millions sterling, the amount of French investments m Russia. Had Japan been convinced that France with malice prepense, was assisting the Baltic Fleet to defeat her she would have been less patient. The French authorities fully realise the danger of further countenancing Rozjestvenski s outrageous abuse of the Franco-Russo alliance, and have now stopped all telegraphic communication between Rozjestveneki and .the mainland. The American newspapers blame the great laxity of the French colonial naval officers, and say the French Government has been guilty of contributory negligence or worse.

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A " Times " Comment., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905

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A " Times " Comment. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6566, 10 May 1905

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