FRANCE: Tabled?

The ferocity of French politics is well known, but in the case of Senator Victor Biaka-Boda, of French West Africa, it seemed to have reached new heights. Deputies of France's new Assembly, meeting for the first time last week, stood around on the floor of the Chamber uneasily discussing the Senator's fate. Rumor had it that the Senator had been eaten by his constituents.

Biaka-Boda used to be a witch doctor on Africa's Ivory Coast. As long as he stuck to spells, charms and incantations, he was all right. His troubles started when he began to occupy himself with such...

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