PLEA FOR PETAIN
MARSHAL'S LOYALTY Remained In France To Protect The Population Rec. 2.30 p.m. PARIS, Aug. 13. All the 24 jurors on the Petain trial have received an average of 12 anonymous letters each threatening them with death if. Petain is condemned to death. The President of the Court! and' the two assistant judges have received similar letters. When the trial was resumed to-day Petafn's counsel, M. Payen, deplored the prosecution's demand for the death penalty. He said that Petain would never ask for mercy. Counsel referred to Petain as the best of France's sons. He argued that it. was a scandal for Prance that he should be put on trial. His loyalty to the Republic was uncontestable and uncontested. M. Payen said Petain refused to consider capitulation but the armistice appeared an absolute necessity to almost everyone. Nobody in Britain blamed France for the armistice. . Mr. Churchill himself took the initiative by examining the conditions under which ■ Britain would free France from her undertakings of March 28, 1940. Britain was satisfied and did not insist on the handing over of the French Fleet. Counsel declared that Petain insisted on remaining in France and it became an obsession with him to protect the population. The vast majority of those who stayed behind in France remained Germany's enemies. The Germans, if the armistice had not been signed, would have made prisoner 2,000,000 more men, from whom were later to come the French resistance leaders.
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PLEA FOR PETAIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945
PLEA FOR PETAIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945
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