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AN OFFENCE IN FRANCE.
LONDON, June 25.
A Paris message states that after the long- est legal disputo on record in France, the Supremo Court has decided that a Frenchman
may not beat his wife.
The case commenced on May 2, 1872, when a Parisian woman asked the Court to Bond her husband to gaol tor thrashing her.
Hitherto, a Frenchman charged with beat- ing his wife has always been acquitted, but the Supreme Court has now decided that wife beating Is an offence under the penal code.
It is not known whether the litigants are still quarrelling, or have been giving and re- ceiving chastisement throughout the 51 years that have elapsed since the case was launched.