BUSINESS ABROAD: The Channel Tunnel

Ever since the time of Napoleon, the idea of a tunnel under the English Channel has fascinated the French, and to a lesser degree the insular English. Bonaparte beamed at the thought of his dragoons taking the dry road to England; Queen Victoria thought of a tunnel also, but as nothing more than an expensive, but foolproof, seasick remedy. "You may tell the French engineer," she said when one set of plans was brought to her attention, "that if he can accomplish it, I will give him my blessing in my own name...