FRANCE: Against the Torture

In Algeria's civil war, now in its third inconclusive year, there are no front lines, no territorial objectives, no general rules to restrain belligerents—only a war of repression and attrition. Result: a sentiment d'inquieétude spreading through France, based on the growing realization that while the Algerian struggle is one the French cannot afford to lose, it is also probably one they cannot win. Also spreading is the feeling that the 380,000-man French army in Algeria, reduced to waging a gloryless police action, is using cruel and cynical methods in totting up its...

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