FRANCE: The Cloak of Guilt

Like ghosts in clanking chains, the tanks which France once had to hurl against the onrushing Germans began to haunt the men of Vichy. Old Papa Petain squirmed. Only 20 miles away, in the almost forgotten village of Riom, a story was unfolded that the world had never heard before. It was an appalling story. If true, it snatched the cloak of guilt from scapegoats facing trial in Riom's Palais de Justice, placed it snugly over the Marshal's own aged shoulders.

It was tough, stubborn Edouard Daladier, Premier when France went to...

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