FRANCE: L'Affaire Lip

The commander of the special task force of the Gendarmerie Nationale looked at his watch (probably made by the famous old French firm of Lip S.A.), then gave the order to move. In the predawn, 30 busloads of police surrounded the Lip factory at Besancon, 25 miles from the Swiss border. They quickly overwhelmed the 50 worker guards and shooed them out. Law and order and the sacred rights of private property had been restored. Thus ended the first act of a drama that had enthralled Frenchmen for months and raised political...

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