World: Man in the Middle

Ex-Army Colonel Antoine Argoud, 49, military mastermind of the terrorist Secret Army Organization, last week was sentenced to life imprisonment. Thin and pale, Argoud scarcely looked the part of a conspirator who might plot the death of De Gaulle; yet his trial put a strain on the fragile new friendship between France and West Germany.

Argoud's terrorist career came to an abrupt end in February 1963 when he was kidnaped in a Munich hotel and deposited in a bloody bundle in the back of an abandoned panel truck in Paris. The French blandly disclaimed any participation in the snatch, and France's...

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