MONACO: Chance

Like a bull walrus on a rock, old Louis II, Prince of Monaco, basked contentedly in the Mediterranean sun. At 75, Europe's No. 1 amateur ichthyologist and ruler of its smallest principality (370 acres, 1,761 Monégasques) might well feel that in history's game of chance, luck had been with him. Of all the Continent's occupied countries, Monaco was perhaps the least scarred.

When France fell, Francophile Prince Louis had proclaimed: Monaco must be "an oasis." Eventually the Germans came to Monaco too—at first in mufti to relax in the Prince's fabelhaft (fabulous) Casino...

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