Patrick Marnham’s most recent book is Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life of the Greatest Hero of the French Resistance. (December 2002)


The Confidence Man

Stavisky: A Confidence Man in the Republic of Virtue

by Paul F. Jankowski
France’s Third Republic lasted for seventy years and ended in tragedy and fiasco in June 1940. Military defeat and the death of the Republic were followed by the death of democracy. The final act of the Third Republic’s last National Assembly, gathered together on July 10 in the ornate casino …