FRANCE: Vampire on the Tracks

The way to keep a vampire in his grave is to bury him face down with an oak stake through his heart while a priest reads the Lord's Prayer backward. Devoutly French politicians wished it were as easy to keep Alexandre ("Sacha") Stavisky in his grave. On the boulevards Alexandre Stavisky, in wax, shared honors with the original tub in which Marat was stabbed, star exhibits in the venerable Musee Grevin.

The day before Conseiller (Appellate Judge) Albert Prince was due to testify as to the wire-pulling behind the Stavisky scandal before a...

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