French Nazi-era collaborator Maurice Papon dies

February 17, 2007 21:05

French wartime collaborator Maurice Papon, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in deporting Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died, his lawyer said Saturday. He was 96. Papon, who became budget minister after the war, was taken to a clinic east of Paris on Thursday for heart problems and was to undergo surgery involving his pacemaker. Lawyer Francis Vuillemin told LCI television that Papon "died peacefully in his sleep."

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