FRANCE: St. PierregLaval

> Joan of Arc was (traditionally) a sweet-faced, lissome brunette who fired a disunited France and its weakling Dauphin to clear French soil of a 15th-Century invader.

> Pierre Laval is a squatty, villainous-faced old man who made political capital of his own nation's disunity and pushed France into subservient collaboration with its 20th-Century invader.

In these disparate figures Radio Paris professed last week to find an essential likeness. On the feast day of St. Joan, harking back 500 years to British efforts to shackle France with the pro-English Duke of Burgundy,...

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