FRANCE: The Eager Cop

Jean Dides used to be an eager Communist-chasing cop. He was the principal lieutenant of Jean Baylot, former prefect (chief) of the Paris police, a white-hot hater and hounder of Reds.

When Premier Pierre Mendès-France came to power, Baylot was removed (TIME, July 26), and Jean Dides was transferred to a relatively minor job. But Dides was so in love with his former work that he went right on beagling about in the Red netherworld.

Last week, in an atmosphere of titillating mystery, the Interior Ministry announced that Dides had been removed from his post. Amid mounting concern over leaks of...

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