16 APRIL 1923
Raymond Poincaré, the Prime Minister of France, speaking at Dunkirk said: “The pledges which Germany would not give, and which certain of our Allies with the best will in the world considered useless, we thought indispensable. What we have seen in the Ruhr has shown us that we were not mistaken”.
The press reported emotional scenes at Lochboisdale in Scotland where hundreds of local residents were setting off to start new lives in Canada.
The French Government confirmed that three deserting French soldiers had attacked a sleeping sub-lieutenant on a train after robbing him, then threw his body onto the tracks. The military officer survived the attack and the soldiers were later arrested.