FRANCE: The Guilty One

In the prisoner's dock in Paris' ancient Palais de Justice last week stood a pale, emotionless young Algerian named Mohammed ben Sadok, on trial for his life. Before the case got to judgment, France learned once again that the political assassin often carries his prosecutor with him before the bar of justice.

Last spring Assassin Ben Sadok, mingling with the crowd pouring from Colombes Stadium after a championship soccer game, shot and killed 60-year-old All Chekkal, onetime vice president of the Algerian National Assembly and one of France's most vocal supporters in North Africa (TIME. June 10), as he walked...

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