France: Tempting the Devil

Just after 6 one morning last week, Marseille police burst into the homes of three men, roused them from their beds and hustled them off to jail. Thus ended one of the most picaresque exploits in the long history of Marseille gangsterism. The three prisoners were members of a ten-man gang that had managed to rob 27 banks in less than a year. Said Robert Mattei, the top-ranking police commissioner in the region: "They hold the undisputed record as the gang that pulled off the greatest number of holdups. We've never seen...

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