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If you think British bloodsports are bad, just take a look at the French

By Tim King   March 2001

The old man from whom I bought the house did warn me. “If you’re in the garden when they start,” he said, “it’s safer to go indoors.” Since the house is a peaceful farm up in the hills of southern France where at that moment there was nothing more violent than the sound of cicadas, I assumed his warning was an old man’s mocking of the know-it-all younger generation. Anyway, Monsieur Sablier did not strike me as the type to dash indoors just because the local hunt was coming through. He shrugged at my disbelief: “They’ve taken the odd shot…

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