Left-wing philosopher Jean-Paul Satre refused today (Wednesday) to appear as a defence witness in the Paris trial of French Maoist leader Alain Geismar.
Left-wing philosopher Jean-Paul Satre refused today (Wednesday) to appear as a defence witness in the Paris trial of French Maoist leader Alain Geismar. Instead, M. Satre told workers outside the Renault motor factory that they could only react to violence with violence.
Meanwhile, outside the Palace of Justice French police maintained a heavy security guard for the second day of M. Geismar's trial during clashes between police and demonstrators in Central Paris overnight. Nearly 400 people were detained.
At Wednesday's trial Geismar, a leader of the French student demonstration in 1968, told the court he was proud to be on trial. "You will condemn me because you condemn the new world," he said.
Satre told the Renault workers that he had appeared in court on several occasions and it was never worthwhile. The world renowned philosopher had supported Geismar after attempts to ban the left-wing journal, "La Cause du Peuple."