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Alan English


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Sophie Toscan and her son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud in 1990

Sophie Toscan and her son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud in 1990

Sophie Toscan and her son Pierre-Louis Baudey-Vignaud in 1990

You might have thought there was nothing more to be said about the murder in 1996 of Sophie Toscan du Plantier  but it’s the story that keeps on  giving. Twenty-five years later it still sells newspapers, captivates podcast listeners, grips documentary viewers. The narcissistic Ian Bailey has already been convicted in a French court, but did he do it?

We talked about the case at our first news conference of the week  on Tuesday. Half an hour later we were still talking so perhaps it’s no surprise that it finishes the week as the subject of today’s lead story by Maeve Sheehan.  When journalists find a story endlessly fascinating, even after all these years, it generally means that most readers are in the same space. Well, we hope so at least.  


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