FRANCE: Crazy Pete

The weather had been wet and cold, the political news was chilling, and the price of wine had risen. Parisians last week warmed up to crime news. The sensational Paris-Presse reported that its circulation had risen from 400,000 to 500,000.

What of the Night? Biggest crime was the theft from an Orly airfield customs shed of over $168,000 worth of gold, awaiting shipment to the Bank of Indo-China. With a departing Paris-Algiers plane drowning out their noise, three men had broken into the shed after midnight, heaved three kegs of the gold into a small sedan and driven away. Most memorable...

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