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Pierre Lachenay, successful literary magazine editor and family man, meets Nicole Chomette, an airline stewardess, while traveling to a lecture engagement in Lisbon; and they begin an affair that continues after their return to Paris. Because meetings are difficult, Pierre arranges a lecture trip to Reims so that they can be together; but the difficulties arising from his attempts to keep the affair secret from his lecture sponsors result in an awkward and unsuccessful time for the lovers. Upon his return to Paris, his suspicious wife, Franca, quarrels with him, and he leaves her, determined upon divorce and marriage to Nicole. But Nicole rejects his proposal, and Pierre fails to reach his wife by telephone to plan a reconciliation. Franca, having had her suspicion of his infidelity confirmed, goes to the restaurant where she knows she will find him and shoots him.