17 FEBRUARY 1866, Page 2

The decision of the French Government on Mexican affairs will

probably be taken about the 25th inst., when the final replies from Washington are expected 'to arrive. It is rumoured in Paris that Marshal Forey spoke his recent speech in 'the Senate in the name of all the Marshals of France. If this is correct, it is im- portant, for Marshal Forey said that Maximilian could not main- tain his throne without French troops, that further reinforcements ought to be sent out, and that, as we are told, in the event of war the army in Mexico would in a fortnight be cut off from France. It seems certain that the French army is disgusted with the ex- pedition, and demands either the recall of -the troops or a much more energetic polioy in their defence. Letters from the officers employed are full of complaints of the country and stories of brigandage.