18 JUNE 1927, Page 2

M. Briand and the American Ambassador in Paris have been

discussing a proposal for a Franco-American pact of friendship. M. Briand, the most eminent friend of peace in France, made the proposal last April almosi casually to an American journalist and since then it has been much discussed in the United States. M. Brian(' is so experienced in affairs that he is not subject to hallucinations. He admits that nothing will come of the idea unless it has general support in the United States, not merely the support of a few idealists. It may be said that there are already Treaties between France and America which virtually remove all danger of war, and that even if there were not there would still be no danger of war between nations which are entirely indisposed -to fight one another.