Police were checking over Saint-Cloud golf course, in the outskirts of Paris, Apr 13, after the 4-year-old grandson of the well-known Peugeot motor firm's chairman had been kidnapped from the clubhouse playground.
Police were checking over Saint-Cloud golf course, in the outskirts of Paris, Apr 13, after the 4-year-old grandson of the well-known Peugeot motor firm's chairman had been kidnapped from the clubhouse playground. Meanwhile, reporters were gathering outside No. 170, Avenue Victor Hugo, Paris, home of the distressed parents who have been asked for a ransom of 50 million old francs - about GBP35,000.
The boy, Eric Peugeot, whose father is a director of the motor firm, was playing in a sandpit near the clubhouse, Apr 12, while his grandparents played golf. His nurse was waiting, with the chauffeur, only 20 yards away in the car that had brought them.
Eric's 7-year-old brother Jean-Philippe said afterwards he had seen a man aged about 20 enter through a gap in a wall and leave the same way with Eric. A typewritten letter was found in the sand, warning the family not to inform the police or the press, and saying the child would suffer unless ransom was paid in full. Eric's father later received two telephone calls renewing the demand for a ransom of 50 million france. Calls made in Paris cannot be traced because of the automatic dialling system.
Although the grief-stricken family did not dare inform the police, for fear of retaliation, by-standers witnessed various stages of the kidnapping and spread the news, which reached the police int eh evening. A description of the boy 'has been circulated to all French police stations. Watch is being kept at airports, railway stations and ports. Special emergency powers were given to the police for 48 hours, enabling them to conduct searches, make arrests and detain suspects without warrants.