FRANCE: Death of a Conspiracy

He had made his living by ribbing the tolerant Third Republic, which he called "the whore." Now it was gone. France, which he loved, was overrun with Germans-"uniformed blackguards, helmeted swine." The Royalist cause, of which he had been the loudest & funniest champion, was all but forgotten. And the good wines of France, which he claimed would "improve bad heredity, amplify good heredity," were mostly being used for the improvement of Nazis. There was little left for him to live for when, last week, death came to old Léon Daudet, 74, longtime editor of Paris' L' Action Française....

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