14 JANUARY 1865, Page 1

The French Council of Commerce has recommended the aboli- tion

of the French Navigation Laws, advising that foreign and native ships should be placed on the same footing, that materials for shipbuilding should be exempt from duty, that tonnage duty on foreign ships should be abolished, and that all differential duties should be reduced till in six years they disappear. It is believed that the Government will adopt these proposals, perhaps also lighten materially the " inscription maritime," which now stops the in- habitant of the seaboard from attempting to become a sailor.