EAST-WEST,FRANCE: Freedom for Sale


The three-story white villa in Zu rich's discreet residential district of Hongg is surrounded by electronic devices to detect intruders. As visitors walk from the iron gate to the front door through terraced gardens, they may notice that the burly man water ing the petunias has a revolver stuck in his jeans. They may also see a cheetah and hear the growls, if not feel the breath, of two lion-sized Great Danes.

In short, the house on Ackersteinstrasse seems as forbidding as the Berlin Wall.

It is in fact the headquarters of...

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