France: Peerless Performance

It was closing time at the Ruby Bar in Pigalle, but Roger Delfau, 32, and his chum, Rene Corda, 26, were far from sated. They persuaded the tall brunette barmaid, Marie-Madeleine Irbah, 25, to join them for another drink. An hour later Marie-Madeleine found herself facing a pistol in a Citroen with reclining seats, parked in a lonely forest. At daybreak, she went to the police and reported that she had been raped repeatedly. The two men were convicted, fined $1,000 in damages, and sentenced to three years in prison.

Last week, when the verdict was appealed in a Paris...

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