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This sex ring was caught by the French actually keeping tabs on Eric Joubert, a former convicted sex offender. Otherwise this would still be going on. At least 50 children raped...too much.
"some of those who were abused were babies incapable of walking -- still less of making the slightest complaint."
The testimony -- which will be followed by a verdict in June -- will be closely followed by a horrified nation, but doubts have already been raised over whether in so monumental a mass trial justice can really be done to each individual.
Comparisons have also been drawn to one of the most notorious judicial fiascos of recent times -- the so-called Outreau pedophile trial in northern France last year in which 13 people were implicated by the evidence of a woman who later admitted in court that she was lying.
For many in France the other shocking element is the number of women involved. Of the 39 accused who are behind bars, 13 are female. "It is ridiculous to suppose that women cannot be pedophiles," said Monika Pasquini, another lawyer.
"But are the French ready to accept this transformation of their image of the soft maternal woman into a harpy capable of raping and selling children -- even her own? That's another question," she said.