The World: My Friend Flic

At first glance, the scene in Toulouse one evening last week might have seemed the perfect setting for a parade. Police had cleared the streets and the crowd was packed three deep on the sidewalks. Then at nine o'clock, the street lights went out, and a Mercedes and a Renault R-16 sped by on their way out of town. In the two cars were four bank robbers, four hostages, $54,000 in ransom money and $21,800 that the daring holdup men had taken from the Societe Generate branch bank in Toulouse twelve hours earlier.


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