World War: Bystander Bagged

Jean Chiappe was born a few blocks from the birthplace of Napoleon, and like the greater Corsican he hated the British. He was best known as Prefect of the Paris Police, a job he lost in the Stavisky scandal. In the years leading up to World War II he was an indefatigable behind-the-scenes worker against the British orientation of French policy and had been accused of plotting a Fascist coup. When the armistice came he naturally stood with Vichy, but until last week the Vichy rulers had found no job for him.

Last week he was appointed High Commissioner to Syria and...

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