Sartre in the center of a new tribunal

By Vladimir Dedijer, ORIENTERING No. 32, 1971

COLMAT, ALSACE, JULY – During the Algerian war, there was not much of a march against Paris or similar mass protests. Even the French Communist Party did nothing, even though with its 25 percent of the French electorate it could stop the slaughter of the Algerian people by strikes in the south of France.

The honorable exception in France was a group of 121 intellectuals, who condemned the unjust war and the torture of French officers against Algerian patriots. At the top of the list of the 121 brave was the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.

The then French Prime Minister Michel Debré asked General de Gaulle for permission to prosecute Jean Paul Sartre. It is alleged that the general rejected the zealous minister's request with the following remark: "For God's sake Debré, one does not put Voltaire in jail."

Assassination attempt on Sartre's home

Some time later, Sartre's home was destroyed. . .

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