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February 11, 1998
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A prosecution lawyer in the war crimes trial of Maurice Papon said the former French minister should get a lesser sentence than life imprisonment if convicted. Arno Klarsfeld said that Papon had been following orders when he ordered the deportation of some 1,500 Jews from southern France during the Nazi occupation and that Papon had saved some Jews from being sent to their deaths. Klarsfeld’s statement stunned other lawyers representing the relatives of deported Jews.

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