FRANCE: The Case of Paul Chack

Before the Paris Court of Justice stood white-haired Paul Chack, 68, Captain of the French Navy, once-honored veteran of World War I, author of patriotic children's books—and paid Vichy propagandist. His hours were numbered.

Slowly, Presiding Judge Jean Pailhé read from editorials written by Chack for the Paris Aujourd'hui, whose Editor Georges Suarez had been No. 1 on the list of collaborators already tried and executed (TIME, Nov. 6): "The American Army is an army of brutal gangsters . . . living on the fat of the land and raping women. . . ."

Judge Pailhé paused, looked at the accused, solemnly...

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