France: A Fugitive Unfrocked

A Fugitive Unfrocked

For weeks he had been living in the tranquil priory of Saint-Francois in Nice. Then one morning last week, police swooped down and arrested Paul Touvier, 74, the intelligence chief of the Lyons militia during the Nazi Occupation. Twice after World War II, Touvier was sentenced to death for collaborating with the Nazis and torturing and executing French Resistance members. He escaped and stayed hidden until the statute of limitations expired in 1967. In 1971 Touvier received a presidential pardon. Two years later Touvier was charged again, this time with crimes against humanity, to which the statute does not apply. Again...

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