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FRANCE. The discussion in the National Assembly on the proposi- tion of M. Liechtenberger, demanding that th<c state of siege should be raised, pending the debate on the Constitution, terminated on Saturday in a vote in favour of its mainten- ance of 529 to 140. General Cavaignac attended the committee of legislation on Friday, to give some explanation relative to the late sus- pension of nve Paris journals. The General said, that 11 It was impossible that the Paris journals could have imagined that the Government desired to prevent them from discussing freely the new Constitution during the debates in the Na- tional Assembly. The idea of suspending the Constitutionnel was a fable. The Ministers had never raised the question, and, consequently, the Minister of Justice could not have opposed a measure which was never contemplated. It was through necessity, and for the public safety, that some jour- nals were suspended. The Republic is in its infancy, and the Executive Government cannot tolerate journals which attacked the very principle of the Republic. The Assembly, moreover, has had the power, at every act of the Executive Government, during the state of siege, to mark its disappro- bation, in which case the Executive Government would have immediately ceased." The General declared,. moreover, that it was not to the committee of legislation he addressed him- self, "inasmuch as the duty of a committee of legislation is solely to prepare laws, but to politicians capable of judging affairs in a political point of view." "We are not," said,tho General, in conclusion, in a natural, but in an exceptional .state." Letters from La Vendee state that in several districts of that province a. report is circulated that Henry V. is about to return to France, and that having married a wealthy heiress, he will pay half the debts of France with his private fortune. It is said that the Legitimists will fill all offices gratuitously, and that all persons who* pay less than 100 francs annually shall henceforth be free of taxation. The Moniteur contains news relative to disturbances at Montpellier. The success, of the Legitimists in the munici- pal elections had irritated a part of the population, who went through the quarters inhabited by the Legitimists, singing patriotic songs. These manifestations assumed a graver cha- racter. A crowd wen t; along the Boulevards, preceded by a National Guard in uniform, bearing a tri-coloured flag. Se- veral individuals, coming out of a Legitimist Club, threw him down, and took away the flag. The latter used his sabre, and gave a very dangerous wound to one of his aggressors. Several persons were wounded on both sides. The Legiti- mists had carried their wounded to the Place de l'Olivcr, in- habited by gardeners known for their counter-revolutionary, opinions. The Prefect determined to calm matters, accom- panied by only M. Crouzet, commissary of police, M. Nouguier, an advocate, and two gendarmes scarcely had he been recognised when he was greeted with a shower of stones, and wounded in the shoulder the commissary of police in the head. Shots were fired, and one of the gendarnies was mortally wounded. M. Peytavin, juge destruction, re- ceived two balls in the leg. The Prefect then returned to the Marie, to have cartridges delivered to the National Guard, and to order out fresh troops. He was joined by judicial authorities, the general in command of the division, and a battalion of sharpshooters and engineers. The gendarme who was shot died. The judicial investigation is going on. Montpelier was tranquil on the 1st lIIst.

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