Modern Living: Grand'm

Guy and Nicole Bellanger run a food-delivery service in the Normandy village of Saussay-la-Campagne (pop.

380), and always had trouble finding someone to care for their son Pascal, now six. The isolated, rustic life was too quiet for young women. In the small town of Bohin, 125 miles away, a widow named Edmee Blin, 72 but active, found herself "absolutely alone on this earth." Her only son was dead, and she desperately needed companionship.

Now, thanks to a Paris advertising man, Pascal has a live-in baby sitter and Mme. Blin has an adopted family. The case is not unique in France. Since last...

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