FRANCE: Moving Mountain

Above Lyons, city of silk and the finest cooking in the world, rises the whaleback of Fourviere Hill crowned by the flamboyant Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere. Citizens of Lyons who know call Fourviere "the moving mountain." It moved last week.

Weeks of constant rain, constant seepings from the flooded river Saone had turned the interior of Fourviere to a quaking pudding. Earl)' in the week engineers reported danger of landslides to city authorities. At 1:15 in the morning people living on the flank of Fourviere heard a noise ''like the crack of...

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