Assassination as a political weapon

Matthew Cobb describes an ultra-loyal PCF squad that killed imagined 'traitors'

During the occupation, the mistrust and suspicion typical of many underground organisations was compounded by the bureaucratic menace that permeated the higher echelons of the PCF, centred on Jacques Duclos (denounced by Trotsky as an NKVD agent). As in Moscow, assassination sometimes became a political tool for settling internal disputes: