FRANCE: In Fear & Hatred

A scarred, crippled man wearing not one but two hearing aids hobbled painfully to the rostrum with the help of a pair of canes. A tail-coated usher darted forward to help hoist him to the speaker's platform. There he grasped a table for support and then gulped a handful of pills. A hush fell over France's Chamber of Deputies as Georges Heuillard, deputy from the Seine-Inférieure, began to speak. His misshapen body and his scarred, waxen face were his honorable credentials.

"For two years," said Deputy Heuillard, "I was in a concentration camp....

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