5 NOVEMBER 1881, Page 1

The interest of the Tunis campai g n has been transferred for

the week to Paris. No news whatever has been received from the seat of war, and it is pretty evident that operations await the decision of the Chamber and of the Ministry shortly to be formed. The Chamber has organised itself, and has shown by an election of M. Gambetta to a temporary Presidency—ter- minated on Wednesday in favour of M. Brisson—that he commands at least 320 votes to 230, even if the Extreme Left desert him en masse, which it is evident, from a letter of M. Naquet, head of one group, that they do not intend to do. The debate on Tunis commences on Tuesday, and it is said to be greatly feared by members of the Government, who are aware that certain discreditable facts as to the inception of the campaign will come out, and that the sick-list has been monstrous. The invasion will be defended as an accidental result of the Arab rising against a Treaty which had been pro- posed in many successive Governments, and always approved. The Ministry may ride off in the usual way, on allegations of the want of patriotism shown in exposing French difficulties; but the Extremists will be relentless in denouncing scandals, and all will ultimately depend on M. Gambetta's attitude. It seems to be understood that he dislikes the campaign and its burdens, but be may desire to shield the War Office and M. Ferry.