Woman blames ‘MacGyver’ for son’s death

A French woman claims the recipe for a homemade bomb that killed her son was aired on the American TV series “MacGyver,” and she is suing French media regulators for premeditated homicide.

Marine Laine hopes her action will force TV officials to set standards for what she calls the increasingly “abject” fare offered French youth.

She plans to launch a consciousness-raising campaign in September.

“A real laxity reigns over television,” Mrs. Laine said in a recent interview with the newspaper France-Soir. “Television stations are ready to do anything to increase ratings. I want to fight that.”

Mrs. Laine’s 17-year-old son, Romain, and a friend, Cedric Nouyrigat, were killed Oct. 30, 1992, by a bomb they concocted with common household products.

Laine is suing the president of the state-run station France 2, Herve Bourges , and Jacques Boutet, head of the French radio and television regulatory agency.

Bourges rejects her allegations.

The show was also evoked in connection with an August 1992 fire set by teenagers at a school east of Paris. The youths said they were trying to make fireworks based on a “MacGyver invention.”

“MacGyver,” starring Richard Dean Anderson, is an action show whose hero uses wits rather than weapons.

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