Paul Aussaresses was a French army general who in the final years of his life dispassionately revealed the torture techniques he employed during the Algerian war for independence and defended them as appropriate measures in the modern age of terrorism. Aussaresses spent nearly his entire career in the service of his country's military. He was described as a hero of the Second World War and fought in the French Indochina War before being posted to Algeria at the outset of the anticolonial rebellion there in 1954.
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Wednesday 02 February 2005
Friday 03 December 2004
President Jacques Chirac was considering bringing forward the date of France's national referendum on the EU constitution yesterday after a resounding victory for the "yes" camp in a pivotal internal vote within the opposition Socialist Party.
Tuesday 30 November 2004
Zakaria Babamou, a young man with a warm smile, died - stabbed in the back, beaten over the head with an iron bar - a few feet from the garden wall of President Jacques Chirac's residence. Precisely why 18-year-old Mr Babamou died on Saturday night at the Rond Point des Champs Elysées, just off the most renowned tourist avenue in the world, remains a mystery.
Monday 29 November 2004
Monday 22 November 2004
Friday 19 November 2004
Thursday 18 November 2004
Behind the parlour entertainments at Windsor tonight, Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac have important work to do building bridges. The Channel, after all, has never seemed wider than in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. It was only 20 months ago that British ministers were queuing up to denounce "the French", prompting a public protest from the French ambassador. Though neither will want to rehearse old arguments, Iraq remains significant because it underpins the two leaders' very different visions of world affairs, which are not easily reconciled.
Tuesday 16 November 2004
President Jacques Chirac travels to London this week for another session of what he called yesterday "tough love" between Britain and France, in which he hopes to advance the causes of Middle East peace and European defence.
Tuesday 09 November 2004
Sunday 10 October 2004
Jacques Derrida, the world-renowned thinker and a founder of the school of philosophy known as deconstructionism, has died, the French President's office said yesterday. He was 74.
Tuesday 13 July 2004
- 2 Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
- 3 French café starts charging extra to rude customers
- 5 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram