France: A Nicean Standoff

In the Riviera resort city of Nice last week, the poulets were being nasty to the poules and the maquereaux were being nasty to everybody.

In the argot of the French underworld, a poulet (chicken) is a cop, a poule (hen) a prostitute, and a maquereau (mackerel) a pimp. What caused the commotion this summer was the invasion of Nice by a band of poules and maquereaux who had left their native Algeria in the exodus of French settlers when the country became independent. The invaders found a friend in Nice—Gangster Ange Bianchini,...

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