Col. Georges Orselli ?
The Perils of Paris
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2001
" Re ''French Film Bears Witness to Wartime Complicity'' (Arts pages, Jan. 9): The issue of complicity may have been news to the post-World War II generations in France, but it wasn't to many people during the war.
In an Oct. 3, 1944, article in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Peggy Hull Deuell, a war correspondent, reported her interview with Col. Georges Orselli, then the governor of Tahiti, who had been a member of the Free French Army in Africa. Orselli ''has had a price on his head and more than once has been condemned to death,'' Ms. Deuell wrote. Once France was liberated, he planned to return.
Why would he leave the peace of Tahiti for the turbulence of postwar France? He wanted to go back because France would be ''free again.'' But he admitted: ''There will be trouble. Many old scores will be privately settled. People will die mysteriously and disappear mysteriously.''
Englewood, N.J., Jan. 9, 2001 "
" Georges Orselli était un administrateur colonial. Il fut gouverneur de Tahiti en 1942 puis gouverneur de Martinique en 1946. Il fut ensuite gouverneur de Côte d'Ivoire en 1948, en remplacement de André Latrille. Il sera remplacé à Abidjan par Laurent Péchoux. "
Orselli, Georges (Louis Joseph), governor of French Polynesia (1941-45), Martinique (1946-47), and Ivory Coast (1948).
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