Paris (Jan. 13)
M. Leon Meyer, the French Minister of Marine, is the target of attack by the entire Right Wing #ress which charges him with responsibility for the fire which burned France’s newest steamer, “L’Atlantique” two weeks ago.
M. Meyer and two members of the Commission appointed to investigate the causes of the fire, ail of whom are Jews, are accused of taking part in a Jewish plot to burn the vessel.
The “Tog” commenting upon this attack, which is rare since it applies to high government officials, who have been free from the allegations of even the extreme anti-Semitic press in the past, asserts it is due solely to the fact that Minister Meyer is a Jew and that the two members of the Commission are Jews.
It is held unlikely that either the Socialist majority in the Parliament or Premier Paul-Boncour will be influenced by the attacks on the Jewish Cabinet Minister.
The “Tog” says, however, that it is symptomatic that even in a calamity of such a character, the press is unscrupulous in capitalizing it for agitation against the Jews and for sounding the cry of danger to the entire French Marine so long as it is headed by a Jew.