FRANCE: For Shame

"A Marshal of France," snapped Henri Philippe Pétain at his judges more than a year ago, "begs nobody's mercy!" A solitary prisoner now in France's Ile d'Yeu Fortress, ten miles offshore in the Bay of Biscay, the 90-year-old ex-hero of Verdun is still as crusty as ever. In rugged health he spends his days pondering in justice in a large, whitewashed cell furnished with a metal army cot, a dresser, a wooden chair, a kerosene lamp and two clothes presses. Beneath his one barred window is a small round hole which the Marshal is convinced is a peephole. Last...

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