France: Honk! Biff! Bam!

One surprising result of French affluence has been a marked increase in French pugnacity. Near the Madeleine in Paris, two motorists quarreled over a parking space, and in the fight that followed one dropped dead of a heart attack. An Algerian became so enraged when his car was sideswiped that he shot the other driver in the head with a pistol. Adman Joël de Cizancourt, 34, was sitting in his parked sports car when a man carrying a suitcase passed close by him. Shouting that the suitcase had scratched his beautiful car, De Cizancourt leaped out and angrily slugged the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!