FRANCE: Death for Spies

France joined last week the growing list of European nations which prescribe the death penalty for peacetime espionage.

Five countries—Germany, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Rumania—now execute foreign spies. Soviet Russia uses the firing squad on her own nationals caught "wrecking" and spying, but sometimes lets foreigners off with prison sentences.

Illustrative of the growth of espionage in France is the fact that in 1932 only 16 spies were caught, that in 1934 a total of 95, 84 of them foreigners, were caught. During 1937 the number jumped to 150 for the Strasbourg area in Alsace...

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