The man who defied the French government and proclaimed Algiers in revolt last week was a brave and tormented paratroop general named Jacques-Emile-Charles-Marie Massn:

Early Life. Born May 5, 1908 at Chalons-sur-Marne, the son of an artillery officer. Graduated from Saint-Cyr. France's West Point, in 1930, was posted to the colonial infantry in French Equatorial Africa.

World War II. On the day France surrendered to the Nazis in 1940, Jacques Massu, still a lieutenant commanding a fort in the Sahara scribbled a "rude French word'' in his diary and beneath it the pledge: "Nous vainerons" (We shall win). Hearing De Gaulle's radio appeal...

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