France: Andr

For the French, a hero must have not only courage but also savoir-faire. A 45-year-old mine foreman named André Martinet last week showed plenty of both.

An underground veteran of 18 years in the pits, Martinet was trapped some 220 ft. below the surface when a limestone mine deep inside Mont Rivel suddenly shook, loosing tons of rocks into the shafts. With him were eight fellow workers, most of them younger. "At first we did not dare move," recalled Joseph Cattenoz, 31. "But then André was with us, and he took over." From the first moments of a marathon drama...

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