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French FM Meets Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

Posted January 15th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has awarded Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi one of France’s highest honors. At a ceremony in Rangoon Sunday, Juppe presented Aung San Suu Kyi with the Legion of Honor in recognition of her long struggle for democracy. Speaking alongside Aung San Suu Kyi, Juppe said France and the […]

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French Inquiry Clears Rwandan President Aides in ’94 Plane Attack

Posted January 10th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Rwandan government says French investigators have cleared aides of President Paul Kagame in the 1994 assassination of his predecessor. A government statement Tuesday said the French inquiry into the killing of President Juvenal Habyarimana found that the missile which downed his plane came from a military barracks controlled by Hutu extremists, not Kagame-led Tutsi […]

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French Health Minister Calls for Tighter Regulations After Breast-Implant Scandal

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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French health minister, Xavier Bertrand, has called for the European Union to impose stiffer rules on medical devices, after a breast-implant scandal that affected thousands of women. Bertrand said Thursday that the EU should devise a special authorization for medical devices similar to that of prescription medications. His call came after a French company, Poly […]

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Congo Senate Chief Hospitalized in Paris After Attack

Posted January 2nd, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate is in a French hospital after being attacked on New Year’s Eve in Paris. Seventy-six-year-old Leon Kengo wa Dondo was assaulted Saturday evening in the French capital. French media outlets report a group of men beat and trampled Kengo at a Paris train station, causing him […]

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French Pledge $6.5 Million to Auschwitz-Birkenau Fund

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum have announced that France plans to donate $6.5 million over the next five years to help preserve the site of the former Nazi death camp. Museum officials said Tuesday that Prime Minister Francois Fillon pledged the money to an international fund for preserving the site, which contains barracks, gas […]

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Arrest Warrant Isssued for Head of French Breast Implant Firm

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The head of a now-defunct French breast implant company is being sought by authorities in Costa Rica for what are described as “life and death” offenses. Jean-Claude Mas is founder of Poly Implant Prothese , a firm that was shut down last year after the discovery it was using inexpensive industrial-grade silicone to manufacture its […]

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Turkey Accuses France of Committing Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey has responded angrily to a French parliament vote making it a crime to publicly deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a century ago. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. He said […]

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Turkish PM Accuses France of Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. The charge from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday comes a day after French lawmakers passed a bill making it a crime to publicly deny as genocide the mass killings of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a […]

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Turkish PM Accuses France of Genocide

Posted December 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has accused France of committing genocide in Algeria more than 60 years ago. The charge from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, comes a day after French lawmakers passed a bill making it crime to publicly deny the “genocide” of Armenians during the Ottoman era in Turkey nearly a century ago. Turkey, while […]

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French Authorities to Issue Report on Breast Implants at Center of Health Scare

Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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French health officials on Friday are expected to release the results of an inquiry into whether breast implants produced by a now defunct French company might cause cancer. Hundreds of thousands of the implants were used by women, most of them in South America and western Europe, for cosmetic surgery or to replace lost breast […]

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