FRANCE: Up to the General

"To the lamp post!"—the French Revolution's cry for summary justice—was heard again in modern form in France last week. Mild-mannered François de Menthon, French Minister of Justice, reported to the Consultative Assembly on the purge. Thus far, 60,000 prosecutions, 7,053 sentences (including 574 death sentences) have been carried out. Minister De Menthon was interrupted by fierce heckling. Cried resistance delegates: too many reprieves—"danger to the nation in a policy of weakness and evasion on matters of repression."

For three days the delegates fumed and sputtered. They proposed to censure the Government by sharply reducing appropriations for the Justice Ministry. Finance Minister...

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