FRANCE: Out of the Depths

The high point in Corinne Luchaire's life was in 1939. She was 18, rich, beautiful, and the star of a French film that got top U.S. reviews—Prison without Bars. The low point came for her last week in a musty, obscure courtroom of Paris' Palace of Justice. Racked by fits of tuberculous coughing, her 25-year-old face seared and drawn like a crone's, she heard herself accused of sleeping with a prize package of Axis agents—Count Galeazzo Ciano, Nazi Envoy Otto Abetz, a long list of others, a Luftwaffe flyer to whom she bore a daughter.

Two months ago her father, Publisher...

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