PARIS (Jul. 8)
Paul Touvier, the 78-year-old former French Nazi collaborator charged with crimes against humanity, will not be jailed prior to his trial, but will be required to report every two weeks to the police station close to his Paris apartment, a French court ruled this week.
Touvier, head of the intelligence branch of the pro-Nazi Vichy regime’s Lyon militia, will have to surrender his identification papers to the authorities and is forbidden to leave the Paris area, the court said Wednesday.
No date has been set yet for Touvier’s trial. He is likely to become the First French citizen to be judged for crimes against humanity.
Right after the assassination last month in Paris of Rene Bousquet, Vichy’s minister of police, rumors had it that Touvier had left France for Canada.
The rumors were proven wrong when Touvier appeared in court in Versailles last week.
According to Jacques Tremollet de Villers, Touvier’s lawyer, the rumors were circulated by people associated with victims of the Rillieux-la-Pape executions in order to influence the court to jail Touvier.