Monday, January 30, 2023

Today -100: January 30, 1923: Ghent is French

Pres. Warren G. Harding says the federal budget might be in balance by the end of the year.

France is arresting German officials in the Ruhr for refusing to obey French orders, and deporting them to Germany proper. They say they have authority to do this under the Hague conventions; Germany points out that those only apply in time of war. France is censoring and closing newspapers all over the Rhine, and interfering with news reports to Germany.

A massive march in Brussels protests the new law mandating the use of the Flemish language in Ghent University. “Ghent is French! Ghent is French!” they chant. In French, presumably.

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