Aubergine was hired by the French Jockey Club to look to look into the possibility that Max Zorin may be involved in a horse-fixing scheme. Looking for a lead, Bond had lunch with Aubergine at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. As 'Dominique and the enchanted papillons' perform during the meal, Aubergine informs 007 that the Sûreté (French National Police) has no information on Zorin prior to his arrival from East Germany. Bond asks if Zorin could be using drugs to improve his horses, only to be told that nothing had showed up in the tests. After informing Bond that Zorin will hold an annual sale at his stud near Paris later that month, he is suddenly murdered by May Day using a poison-barbed butterfly prop.