Foreign News: End of an Expediency

The afternoon sun was streaking the white porticoes of the Palais d'Ete in Algiers. It was 3:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Before the pretentious entrance an official car drew up. Out of it stepped Admiral Jean François Darlan, High Commissioner for French North and West Africa, followed by his orderly. Admiral Darlan mounted the steps of the palace and disappeared inside. He was walking to his death.

Through the dark corridors to his office the Admiral strode briskly. He approached the anteroom where visitors waited for interviews. The door opened; a young man stepped into the hall. He aimed a revolver at...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!