FRANCE: Political Anachronism

Before a Lyons court stood the most famous collaborationist yet brought to trial in France—bearded, brilliant Charles Maurras, political anachronism, polemicist, poet, member of the French Academy, ex-editor of L'Action Française, and a royalist more royalist than France's Pretender, Henri VI (the exiled Henri of Bourbon-Orleans, Count of Paris). The little old man was 76 and stone deaf. All charges and questions had to be given him in writing.

He had been Marshal Pétain's counselor and Vichy's foremost apologist. On his lapel he still wore Marshal Pétain's badge. "I do not fear facing a firing squad," he cried. "If I had...

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