Foreign News: Spare the Cat

According to a current survey by the French National Research Council, 15% of French parents still beat the devil out of their children with a form of cat-o'-nine-tails, a contraption of wood and thongs known to the French as le martinet. Town kids get walloped more often but less severely than their country cousins, who are, says the survey, the "happiest and dirtiest" in the nation.

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