The Republic has a way of dealing with its prodigal sons. Charles Pasqua has been found guilty and given a one-year suspended sentence. His defense was that he was a dupe of his subordinates. His subordinates' defense was, Do you think we, Machiavelli's creatures, could have duped Machiavelli? Pasqua pleads imbecility, confident that no one will take him for an imbecile. A perfect crime, in which all the coupables are not responsables. Whodunit? The Zeitgeist.