FRANCE: Le Crime Am

When it comes to crime, Frenchmen take a back seat to no one—except in kidnaping, which French criminals apparently rate a U.S. specialty. The French do not even have a name for it, use the U.S. word, pronounced keednaping. But last week le crime américain was on every Parisian tongue. Little Eric Peugeot, an heir to one of France's greatest industrial (autos, appliances, heavy machinery) fortunes, was stolen in broad daylight and held for $100,000 ransom.

"A Nice Man." As cops got the story, Eric and his older brother, Jean-Philippe, 7, were on an outing to Paris' exclusive Saint-Cloud Golf...

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