Flat Earth: Big noise for Nazis

THE sentencing in France last week of Paul Touvier for collaborating with the Nazis has prompted many to call for one more prosecution for crimes against humanity - a trial of Maurice Papon who, as head of the national police in Bordeaux, helped deport 1,690 Jews to Nazi death camps. Papon is remembered by the Sixties generation as the Prefet de Police for Paris who gave his name to a new siren for police cars. The sound of 'paapon paapon paapon' was guaranteed to get the masses diving behind the barricades and reaching for the nearest cobblestone.