A shy figure appears at the end of the street. Kristy is there and we are almost surprised. The day before, we had to convince her to maintain our appointment that she had just canceled. With terribly sad blue eyes, the blonde-haired 40-year-old American orders coffee and drags her long skirt to a bench in a secluded square. She should not be in France, and Matthew, her husband of 41 years, in intensive care. But the two architects from Los Angeles, on a trip to Bordeaux (Gironde), are among the victims of botulism, a serious and rare neurological condition, which can cause descending paralysis: eyes, mouths, respiratory muscles. The fault is poorly sterilized canned sardines nibbled at the beginning of September, at the Tchin Tchin Wine Bar, a good wine table popular in the old town.
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