The Rights groups have strong evidence for their case based on three memorandums signed by Rumsfeld between October 2002 and April 2003 "legitimizing the use of torture", "hooding" of detainees, sleep deprivation and the use of dogs.
Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights said that this was the culmination of a years attempts to confront Rumsfeld after his resignation. He said thqt France had a legal responsibility under international law, based on previous cases and precedent to prosecute Rumsfeld.
"If a torturer comes into your country", he said, "there's an obligation to either prosecute him or return him to a place where he will be prosecuted."
Ratner said that Europe is getting "very hot" for Rumsfeld and suggested that a French
Court could at least issue its version of a subpoena.
Donald, for his part, when confronted by a group of 20 protesters on a Paris Street today screaming, "Murderer!" ducked into the safe haven of the US Embassy.