Foreign News: The Right to Be Angry

Nothing has really been done to prevent torture. Everything, on the contrary, has facilitated it: the attitude of the opponent, the helplessness of authority, the indifference of public opinion, and the laws themselves.

—Le Monde

Once again torture—the Algerian war's most harmful blemish on France's good name—made news. A year ago La Question, an account of French army torture in Algeria, sold 65,000 copies, stirred up a storm of public indignation before the government banned it. Last week Paris police seized another shocker. La Gangrène, 24 hours after it rolled off the presses....

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