The influence of the extremists among his partisans was paramount. They were dissatisfied with the concessions he had made to the French. His personal authority had been weakened by absence. Arab hostility was a menace to communications, it introduced distracting complications and uncertainties and aroused not unnatural irritation. Disorder continued to prevail on the borders of the French and Arab zones. French posts were attacked by bands led, it was alleged, by regular Sherifian officers. The French were very much disturbed by the application of conscription in the Arab zone, which had been authorized by Feisal in December 1919. A further subject of dissension was the boycott in the Arab zone of the new currency system established by the French in their zone. Reinforcements had arrived, and General Gouraud was free to concentrate attention on the Arab zone.