FRANCE: Justice at Riom

In Riom's old Palais de Justice, which is no more than a county courthouse, France's great war-guilt trial opened with pomp last week. In the small courtroom of the Auvergne Court of Appeals on plush-covered seats sat the seven members of France's newly constituted Supreme Court: Chief Justice Pierre Caous wearing a white ermine mantle, the two military justices, General Andre Wateau and Admiral O. B. Herr, in their dress uniforms, four lay justices in red robes and black-&-gold-braided caps. Above the heads of the Court was a bust of Marianne.

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