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Oradour sur Glane: the impossible trial

We thought we knew everything about the tragedy of Oradour sur Glane: 642 inhabitants exterminated by the SS, a majority of them women and children, a village destroyed by fire, barbarity and incomprehension. We thought we would arrest the guilty. That grieving was possible. However, at the moment of judgment, we discover that the executioners are also victims because in the dock we find a majority of Alsatians who were forcibly enlisted by Hitler’s army. The question of forcible enlistment during World War II falls like a bombshell. The trial for the massacre at Oradour sur Glane takes a fresh turn: in the Press, in Parliament, on the streets and within...

The Sun King's Secret Shipwreck

Louis XIV’s ship La Lune was wrecked off Toulon in November 1664. The ship was returning from an expedition to the Barbary Coast with nearly one thousand people on board, simple seamen or nobles of the highest rank. In an instant all was lost, men and their belongings, the cargo and the ship. Under pressure from the Sun King and his entourage, who planned to conceal the disaster, La Lune was quickly forgotten. Discovered by an Ifremer submarine in 1993, the wreck lies in 90 metres of water. In a state of magificent preservation, like some underwater Pompei, she will, starting in 2012, be the subject of an exceptional archeological investigation, bringing...

The riddle of titanic

On April 14 2012, a hundred years will lie between us and that terrible night that witnessed the sinking of the Titanic. How could the flagship of the White Star Line, the vessel they called the “Unsinkable” and which was equipped with the finest technology of the age, fall victim to such a tragedy and disappear into the icy waters of the Atlantic in less than three hours? This is what we try to discover along with P H Narjeoloet, the world expert on diving on the Titanic. He has taken part in every expedition and has worked with James Cameron. He is French and gave us his exclusive contribution.

Objective Moon

Louis XIV’s ship La Lune was wrecked off Toulon in November 1664. The ship was returning from an expedition to the Barbary Coast with nearly one thousand people on board, simple seamen or nobles of the highest rank. In an instant all was lost, men and their belongings, the cargo and the ship. Under pressure from the Sun King and his entourage, who planned to conceal the disaster, La Lune was quickly forgotten. Discovered by an Ifremer submarine in 1993, the wreck lies in 90 metres of water. In a state of magificent preservation, like some underwater Pompei, she will , starting in 2012, be the subject of anexceptional archeological investigation, bringing...

The Saga of the Polluce

This scarcely credible tale is worthy of the best adventure novels. It could have been dreamed up by Alexandre Dumas, penned by Jules Verne and edited by Agatha Christie. Nothing has been forgotten; it features adventures, mysteries, a fortune, prison, politics and con artists – despite which, the fact is that this seafaring detective story relates nothing but the truth! It begins in the 19th century, involving counts and duchesses from various countries in Europe, the King of Sardinia and even the King of France in person. The epilogue deals with more recent years and looks at the role of the French and Italian authorities, English conmen and a French...