FRANCE: L'Aftaire Nogrette

One early morning last week, Robert Nogrette, 63, left his apartment in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt to walk a block to the state-operated Renault automobile factory, where he has been chief of labor relations for 37 years. At 7:35 a.m., a white Renault pickup truck pulled up alongside. Two young men in beige raincoats and caps leaped out, grabbed and chloroformed Nogrette, threw him into the truck and sped away. The kidnaping stirred up a wave of popular revulsion and inspired the Paris police to one of the most intensive man hunts in its history. The reason: Nogrette...

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