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HER DAY IN COURT: Delay, arriving at court, made up heinous accusations.

False Witness
The investigation into pedophilia in the northern French town of Outreau that began in 1997 had long since metastasized: 17 adults charged and jailed, children forced into foster care, one successful suicide and another attempted. Last week it collapsed into a hideous lie, raising grave questions about French justice.

Myriam Delay, her husband, Thierry, and their neighbors David Delplanque and Aurélie Grenon have all admitted to sexually abusing the Delay children. But the exceptionally talkative Myriam had kept the legal machine rolling for years by confirming the children's otherwise unsubstantiated charges that...

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