FRANCE: Woman's Lip

En route to an ice cream parlor in Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera one day last summer, a doctor's wife named Josette Varinet, 30, discovered that she and her two children were taking the wrong route. Mme. Varinet began backing her Peugeot out of the one-way street when suddenly a big black car drove in, and its owner began assailing her with a wordy sermon on the failings of female drivers. To that Josette replied: "Je vous emmerde," an excremental expletive.

The man in the black sedan was furious. "That will cost you...

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