Lawsuit Emile Zola (1898)
Original title: Proces d'Emile Zola
(Original) Proces d'Emile Zola
In January 1898, during the Dreyfus Affair, Zola launched in the newspaper "l'Aurore" a manifesto "J'accuse" in which he constituted himself the ardent defender of the accused. After a resounding trial, he was sentenced to one year in prison and 3000 francs fine. He went into exile in England and returned to France in June 1899, when the revision of the Dreyfus trial was decided.
Mounted guards in front of the Palace of Justice
The President of the court, Mr.Jouhaux leaves the Palace
Madame Dreyfus and her son on foot leave the Palace, followed by Zola
Many passers-by in the street
Source: Gaumont Document, Translated
I was surprised to find that the events surrounding the Dreyfus Affair were documented on film so early on after the medium was invented. This is footage about the trial against Emile Zola after writing a defense of Dreyfus. It is a great accompaniment to the films that were made of the affair of the time, and it also shows how big a deal the case was at the time.