FRANCE SUPPRESSES LIBERTY OF THE PRESS

King Louis XVIII of France has revoked all privileges which had been granted to public journals, and has appointed censors of the press.

This measure is in accordance with other repressive measures instituted by the restored monarch which have caused considerable disquiet in London, but seem to enjoy the approval of the other Great Powers. The government has adopted a policy of non-interference, however, much to the concern of the opposition.

Meanwhile, attention is focused on the fate of Marshal Ney, who was brought prisoner to Paris four days ago.

Comments (1)

  1. Boganboy 18th October 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Only Britain really cared whether the Netherlands, France or Prussia held modern Belgium, and she required the help of Prussia, Russia and Austria to ensure this. She therefore could not afford to irk them, or to weaken the power of Louis XVIII, whose job it was to repress the desires of the French people. At least it can be said that, although Castlereagh’s settlement of the Belgian question was bad, since the British people were not prepared to put up with the grovelling, truckling, repression and expense needed to make it work, Palmerston’s was worse. What should have been done, of course, is that Belgium should have been divided between France and Prussia, with Antwerp retained by the Netherlands as a free port. This last was something Britains’ small army could have managed to support as long as she cared to bother. The fact is, while Austria had held the Austrian Netherlands, Britain had got a free ride. Once they were up for grabs, Britain would have needed to maintain an army on a Continental scale to garrison them and prevent their conquest.

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