FRANCE: Abbe Flogged

Throughout France the lash is by no means entirely taboo, either as a subject for the profuse disquisitions of literary flagellants, or as a means of provoking those alleged pleasures and undoubted pains which were erected into a system by the notorious Count Donatien Alphonse Fran├žois Sade (1740-1814), the so-called "Marquis de Sade."

Last week a notable scandal developed when a group of bourgeois sadists set out from Bordeaux to the little town of Bombon, once the seat of Marshal Foch's General Staff, and there flogged an...

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