FRANCE: Bugging the Duck

The headline in France's satirical weekly Le Canard Enchainé (The Chained Duck) was printed in big red type last week, and it read: WATERGATE au CANARD. To the delight of the editors, one of Le Canard's cartoonists, Andre Escaro, had stumbled on an attempt to install bugging devices in the paper's new offices. The result: a scoop that had the government embarrassedly denying any knowledge of the affair, opposition Deputies demanding explanations in the National Assembly—and a sale of 660,000 copies for Le Canard, 210,000 more than the usual run.

As Escaro told it, he happened to be passing the...

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