The Shah has been fairly received in France, but without
much cordiality. M. Buffet received him, as President of the Assembly, and afterwards Marshal MacMahon, and the Shah was royally lodged ; but the people did not cheer, and the ladies at first pro- nounced all the jewels false. A grand review of 62,000 men was transacted before him, and he has had a reception at Versailles; but the people let him walk about as he likes, and he seems dis- contented. There is a great trouble about interpreters, very few Frenchmen knowing Persian ; the Shah's unpunctuality irritates the Parisians, and the comical similarity of his title to the word chat produces endless absurdities, which the police make more absurd by rebuking them.