World: Paris Kidnap

The Italian disease spreads

It was a routine trip—for 150 yards. Chauffeur Jean Denis wheeled his gray Peugeot 604 out of the apartment-house garage on Paris' Avenue Foch, scarcely noticing the motorbike ahead of him or the blue van behind. He slowed to ease around another van that was double parked. The cyclist then stopped, hopped off his bike and walked back waving a pistol. Men sprang from the parked van and pulled Denis from the car. The last thing the chauffeur saw was the Peugeot moving off with his boss in the back, imprisoned by men on either side of him.

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