France the Captain Who Caused a Furor

Paris faces charges over its role in a suspicious sinking

A hush fell over the ornate 19th century French Senate chamber as Charles Pasqua, Senate whip for the neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic party, stepped up to the rostrum. Shaking one fist in the air and pointing his other hand accusingly at the government's front bench, Pasqua launched into one of the strongest attacks yet against President Francois Mitterrand's four-year-old Socialist government. "If it is proved that the French secret services are | implicated in this affair," he proclaimed, "then the responsibility could not be sought anywhere except at the level of the Premier. Who is to believe that the military...

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