July 23, 1945
It is 75 years to the day since Marshal Pétain, the head of Vichy France, was put on trial.
It too was a Monday.
That day, he appeared before the High Court in Paris.
He was accused – among other charges – of conspiracy, high treason, and passing intelligence to the enemy.
Three weeks later, on August 15, he was given the death penalty.This sentence was eventually commuted to life in prison, and he died six years later in July 1951.
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La Petite Gironde newspaper, June 18, 1940, edition (public domain)