France: Silence in the Dock

In the ornate and heavily guarded Palais de Justice, ex-General Raoul Salan, 62, was on trial for his life, charged with treason. Wearing a well-cut grey suit and elegant Cardin silk tie, Salan looked more like a prosperous businessman than the head of the terrorist Secret Army Organization. It was hard to imagine, as Le Monde put it, "that such a man wielded such frightening power."

Forty-one defense witnesses were prepared to testify to Salan's moral worth, his sensitive nature, his loyalty as a soldier and a friend. Many were right-wing Deputies and...

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