FRANCE: Who Shall Judge?

In the high-ceilinged room where the French Consultative Assembly meets in Algiers, François de Menthon, Commissioner of Justice, began a speech. He spoke of 288 Vichyites who had been accused of treason, collaboration and other crimes against France and Frenchmen, but had not yet been tried and punished. No sound came from the 80-odd Assemblymen.

De Menthon spoke on, pleading that the difficulties of General de Gaulle and the Liberation (administrative) Committee must be understood; that they could not act as rapidly and drastically as Frenchmen demanded. No sound, no gesture, came...

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