FRANCE: Agnew à la Mode

Through the marbled corridors of Paris' Palace of Justice last week wound a singular procession. After closing down their courts, nearly a thousand magistrates from all over the capital marched through the halls in their black gowns. Across France, thousands of other magistrates suspended court in protest.

What ruffled the jurists was an ill-advised comment by a previously obscure politician named René Tomasini, 51. Elected secretary-general of the Gaullist party only last month, the outspoken Tomasini made his maiden appearance before the parliamentary correspondents' association last week, and he sounded like a Gallic Spiro Agnew. He lauded the French policeman...

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