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it's quite confusting, I don't understand this part,what does it mean?

Iribe's drawing had lost nothing of its power, fueled by the same corrosive spirit and now, suddenly, exploited on behalf of the most blatant chauvinism. On every page, the sight of France and its grandeur maligned by the world—a Phrygian-capped personification placed in the dock before a sneering tribunal—was enough to rend the soul. But who were the judges? Chamberlain, Hitler, Mussolini, and Roosevelt! Throughout the years leading up to World War II Europe s statesmen were constantly on the move, reshuffling alliances and appeasing the arch-villain Hitler.Meanwhile, France stiffened her back and strengthened her military in preparation for the coming onslaught. Hopes rose and fell, but nothing could dim the brilliant social life of Paris. As for fribe's poor threatened France in the guise of Marianne—this bare-breasted victim half-buried under sod shoveled by a gravedigger named Daladier—she bore an unmistakable resemblance to
none other than Chanel.

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what does "a Phrygian-capped personification placed in the dock before a sneering tribunal"mean?

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Phrygian cap=liberty cap, symblized the French revolution, right?

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    It is a metaphor. In this metaphor, France is a person, wearing a stereotypical French hat, locked up in a court, accused of bad things, facing a panel of judges who are unsympathetic.

    Basically, France was being maligned, that is, criticized and bad-mouthed in the drawings by Iribe. The "Phrygian-capped personification" is Marianne, a woman in a conical bonnet rouge, and she symbolizes France and liberty. In the drawings, she is put in the dock, which is the "cage" in which the accused are placed in a courtroom, and she stands before a panel of sneering, condescending judges ready to try her.

    In other words, this sentence just means that Iribe's drawings used symbols to depict how France was being unfairly judged by a panel of prominent statesmen during WWII.

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