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France’s Favourite Criminal

Douglas Johnson, 7 August 1980

Mesrine: the Life and Death of a Super-crook 
by Carey Schofield.
Penguin, 201 pp., £95, April 1980, 0 14 005607 6
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... all the intensity of a massacre. Afterwards the police congratulated and embraced each other, as Carey Schofield puts it in her book, like members of a football team who had just scored a goal. The Minister of the Interior rushed to the Elysée Palace in order to receive the congratulations of the President. Commissioners and inspectors hastily called a ...

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