6 JANUARY 1912, Page 10

The proceedings of the Committee of the French Senate which

is inquiring into the negotiations that preceded the new Franco-German Treaty have caused much political excite- ment in France. In his recent statement to the Chamber M. Caillaux said that nothing but economic questions relating to Morocco was dealt with in the Kissingen conversation between Herr von Kiderlen-Waechter and M. Jules Cambon on June 21st. But in the evidence before the Senate Com- mittee it has been made plain from M. Cambon's despatches that the cession of large tracts of French territory outside Morocco was mentioned on that occasion. It is generally concluded that even the break-up of the French Congo was discussed. The important question remains to be answered : By whose instructions was the cession of territory outside Morocco proposed P