TUNISIA: Professional Conscience

Ce Soir, Paris Communist paper, was red with anger. In a luxurious villa at Pau in sight of the snow-bright Pyrenees, Sidi Mohamed Al Mounsaf was "lazily stretched out on a divan, his hands folded across his stomach." The "notorious collaborator"—exiled by the Allies for winking his pouchy eyes at the Axis (TIME, May 24, 1943)—enjoyed full liberty, was fawned upon by a score of wives, a large retinue including a court jester. To cap it all, he was campaigning for reinstatement as Bey of Tunis.

That was last July. A few weeks later, Ce Soir briskly backtracked: "The story...

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