FRANCE: Paranoia?

In Paris last week a trembling, white-haired old man stood before the bar of justice. Georges Claude, 74, world-famed inventor, has sometimes been called the ''Edison of France." He invented neon lights, was a pioneer in the liquefaction of rare gases, the extraction of atmospheric nitrogen, the synthesis of ammonia. The charge against him : collaboration with the Germans.

During the Nazi occupation, Claude traveled around France, lecturing, at his own expense, on the benefits of National Socialism. He demanded that Vichy take stronger measures against resisters. The testimony showed that...

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