The French court of cassation refused, on 29 April, to allow the former Vichy civil servant Maurice Papon leave to appeal pursuant to a new law adopted in June 2000. The court ruled that the case was too old for the new law to apply. Papon was convicted in 1998 for his responsibility in the Jewish deportations between 1942 and 1944, and sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. However, the proceedings are not yet closed. In June, the court will examine appeal's procedure lodged by Papon that had been refused to him years ago after he fled to Switzerland.