The Press: Atrocity

One of the grimmest picture sequences of 1955 showed a French gendarme shooting an unarmed Moslem to death during a period of rioting in Algeria (see cut). Filmed and widely shown by Fox Movie-tonews, the photos were also published in LIFE. Last week, in the heated French election campaign, the accusation was made that the cameraman had bribed the policeman to shoot down the Algerian to provide some exciting footage.

The charge came first from L'Express, the pro-Mendes-France daily, in an attempt to discredit the Algerian policy of Premier Edgar Faure. Then the government itself picked up the charge—arid played it back...

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