Maurice Papon: 'I Know Nothing'

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The Whole World Is Going Chapon Crazy

Paris:- Saturday, 27. December 1997:- Maurice Papon was in court again last Monday and at the end of the session, the trial was suspended until Monday, 5. January 1998.

The President of the court, Jean-Louis Castagnède, spent a long time on Monday trying to find out exactly who ordered Jewish children, who were being lodged with families in the Bordeaux region, to be sent to the camp at Mérignac.

Maurice Papon's normally excellent memory failed to serve him.

The children totalled 13 in all when they were finally brought together in the camp on 25. August 1942, and the following day they were sent by train to Drancy near Paris. Drancy was the last stop before Auschwitz.

The train that went on 26. August, carried 450 Jews, 80 of them children. The parents of the 13 little ones had already been sent to Drancy on 18. July 1942, and by the time the SS started rounding up the children on 21. August - to be 'reunited with their parents at Drancy' - their parents were already dead at Auschwitz.

The 13 names of the enfants were read in court. Again.

It is known that some of the Jewish children, who were being lodged with families in the Bordeaux region, were hidden instead of being turned over to the SS. From the report, it is not clear that there will be testimony from anybody in this group when the trail resumes.

Web sites devoted to the History and Trial of Maurice Papon

The Matisson family were the first to launch a civil case against Maurice Papon, in 1981. Jean-Marie Matisson runs the website, and reports from the courtroom. At the website, click on 'Affaire Papon.'

Another website of interest contains daily coverage of the trial by the Bordeaux paper, the Sud Ouest.

Carlos Condemned to Life in Prison

As expected, a jury found Carlos guilty early Wednesday morning of the multiple murders for which Palais de Justice he has been on trial. The prosecution's evidence was overwhelming - too many witnesses, too many fingerprints - linked Carlos to the crime.

The Palais de Justice on the Ile de la Cité, where Carlos has been boring jurors.

Taking what might be one of his last chances to speak in public, Carlos addressed the court with a irrational speech lasting over four hours. During the trial, he proclaimed his autobiography as a 'professional revolutionary,' but never mentioned anything concerning the case for which he was tried - as a cold-blooded killer.

Two of his lawyers did their jobs and put as much doubt as they could into the hard evidence, and his third lawyer announced the intention to appeal the sentence.

Carlos is facing multiple other charges of murder, but it might be a few years before he gets back to court again.

Chapon or Turkey - That Is the Question

Radio, television, magazines and newspapers, decided that the French should have a chapon instead of the traditional turkey this year for the Christmas feast.

Turkey leads the bird race with it being preferred by 34 percent of the French. Chapon is catching up fast, with a 24 percent 'intention to buy' rating.

Although chapons have been around since Noah found his ark high and dry, this nevertheless meant that every time Noel Anglais - Gal. Lafayette you opened your eyes and pulled out your ear-stoppers, somebody was telling you how wonderful a chapon really is, once you get to know one. The main thing is - do something 'new' for the festive season!

Noël Anglais was the theme at Galeries Lafayette this season.

For the extremely doubtful, all sorts of mentions of 'Appellations d'Origine - Contrôlée!' were strewn about with wild abandon. This is because a chicken, no matter what you call it, does not have a serial number branded on it - and may possibly be a forgery.

For some new and exotic bird like the chapon, this seal of quality is doubly important. How is the buyer to know that it hasn't been raised on cat food, for example? There are armies of unscrupulous chapon ranchers out there - of course there are!

Waitaminute! What is a chapon, you say? The 'real' chapon is a castrated chicken, slaughtered not before it is 140 to 150 days old. It should have fat on its back, and this is to make it juicy. The beak should be red, not black. A black beak is bad. If it has dirt on its - what are they? - feet, this is a good sign because it might mean the bird was raised outside.

The kings of chapons come from Bresse, where they are fed on milk and cereals, and an average three to four-kilo bird will sell for 170 to 300 francs - per kilo! Nothing less than the Mercedes of chickens. Lesser, ordinary chapons, go for a measly 50 to 70 francs per kilo.

Anyhow, according to Le Parisian, if you are going to go for a high-end bird, you are supposed to read its stuck-on label carefully. I say anybody can stick any sort of label on a dead chicken - it would be better to trust your bird dealer.

He's seen the things before and he might be interested in your custom. You would insult him or her by reading the label; you are supposed to talk to them and listen to what they say because they do nothing but deal in birds that people eat. If people stop eating them, they stop selling them. The people who put stickers on birds don't sell them; they're just 'sticker' people.

If you don't trust the bird dealer; are you going to trust a shrinkwrapped supermarket bird with an impressive label more?

But all of this is mere chicken-feed. The Maison de la Truffe in Paris showed off the world's largest truffle on Monday. It weighed 1,130 grams and if it had been a normal truffle, its market value would have been 7,700 francs. As it was the 'world's largest,' it is of course, without price, or beyond it, or something.

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