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To: Homer_J_Simpson; BroJoeK

“Admrial Darlan’s assassin is executed.”

Per Wiki, in Dec. 1945, a French court ruled that Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle assassinated Darlan in the effort to free France.

I guess that’s the French version of a posthumous pardon.


10 posted on 12/26/2012 9:38:13 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
More on Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle and the death of Darlan.

"Who ordered the admiral's death is a question that still stirs speculation, over sixty years later, and remains unsolved. His assassin, an idealistic young French aristocrat named Fernand Bonnier de la Chapelle, was a member of a royalist group, but there was no convincing reason why the death of Admiral Darlan would help in any way to bring the comte de Paris to the throne as king of France. Bonnier de la Chapelle had also been a member of one of the resistance cells organized by Robert Murphy; this fact prompted the suspicion that having used Darlan ('They squeezed me like a lemon,' as Darlan had complained), the Americans, with or without British connivance (l'Albion perfide again), had arranged to get rid of him, but no proof exists. Bonnier de la Chapelle, believing that his execution would be faked and that he would eventually reemerge from hiding as a national hero, was given a hasty and perfunctory trial, found guilty, and, surely to his surprise, shot by a firing squad - his coffin had been prepared before the trial had begun. The answers to any questions on the subject of Darlan's murder went to the grave with him, as they were no doubt intended to. Darlan received a full state funeral, with Ike and his staff in the congregation at the cathedral in Algiers, as well as Harold Macmillan, recently arrived from London as minister of state and Winston Churchill's adviser to Ike. Macmillan, with brutal political realism, gave Darlan his ultimate epitaph: 'Once bought, he stayed bought.'"

Michael Korda, Ike: An American Hero

11 posted on 12/26/2012 9:58:32 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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