The Neutrality Question.
Debate m the French Chamber.
A Socialist Threat.
Paris, May 16
The Chamber of Deputies at M. Rouvier's instance, by 445 votes to 84, resolved to postpone discussion of M. Pressense's demand for a Ministerial explanation on the question of neutrality. M. Rouvier repeated that he had given orders that strict respect of neutrality was to be secured.
M. Vaillant declared that tb.6 orders had been disregarded, and that the Russians had not respected them. France did not want war, but wanted an assurance that there would be no war. .
M. Rouvier replied : " Everyone here desired peace. There is no Frenchman hera who is not anxious to uphold the honour of France, and maintain the world's peace." (Cheers.) Mr Fressense said that he was convinced of the sincerity of M. Rouvier's intentions, but he desired to see the orders executed, and also to know what representations were made to, and what negotiations conducted with Russia.
M. Vaillant, speaking later on, referred to the question, and said that rather than, see France dragged into war the Socialists would organise a general strike and insurrect iou. This declaration was received with loud protests from various benches.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905
The Neutrality Question. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6572, 17 May 1905
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