FRENCH COIN SHORTAGE
One of your editor's research interests is the specie panic
of 1862, caused by financial conditions of the U.S. Civil
War. Citizens of France are running into similar severe
cash shortages as a result of a strike by armored car
A May 19th article in the Wall Street Journal notes:
"If this is a cashless society, count me out. -- That's the
message from disgusted French men and women who
suddenly can't find a functioning money machine or who
must leave the supermarket empty-handed because the
teller doesn't have the right change."
Merchants are grumpy, too. "I went to the bank and they
say they don't have any more one- or two- franc coins,"
groused an apron-clad Joel Jatteau as he arranged fresh
mackerel on his fish stand on the east side of Paris."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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