FRANCE: Scuffling

For an hour, lean, pale Admiral André Marquis and grim Admiral Jean Marie Abrial had been waiting in the dock. The public that jammed the somber, oak-paneled Salle des Congrés at Versailles—where the High Court has been trying Vichy officials—had been buzzing with impatience. Since 2 p.m. the Court had been ready to proceed with Admirals Marquis and Abrial, accused of conspiring to keep the French Navy out of Allied hands in 1942.* But eleven of the 24 deputies on the jury panel had not appeared.

At 4 p.m. presiding Judge Louis Noguères made an interesting discovery: the missing...

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