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French Nuclear Waste Train Enters Germany

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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A French train carrying 11 containers of reprocessed nuclear waste entered Germany Friday on its way to a storage site. French authorities had stopped the train Thursday before it reached the German border, in hopes of avoiding protests over the radioactive material headed for storage in the northeastern German city of Gorleben. Protesters have maintained […]

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France Stops Nuclear Waste Train Headed For Germany

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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French authorities have stopped a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste to Germany before it reached the border, in hopes of avoiding protests over the radioactive material headed for storage in the northeastern city of Gorleben. The train was late leaving the Areva nuclear reprocessing facility near Normandy on Wednesday because police clashed with hundreds of […]

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French Anti-Racism Groups Drop Apple Lawsuit

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Anti-racism groups in France have dropped a lawsuit against Apple Inc. for allowing the sale of an iPhone application that was allegedly anti-Semitic. Developed by Johann Levy rather than Apple, the “app” allowed users to consult a database to determine if public figures and personalities are Jewish. The attorney representing the groups said Thursday the […]

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Two French Nationals Kidnapped in Mali

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two French nationals have been kidnapped in Mali. Local sources say gunmen abducted the two early Thursday from their hotel in the town of Hombori, in eastern Mali near the border with Niger. They say the two French citizens work for a cement company. The French Foreign Ministry confirmed the kidnapping and said it is […]

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Two French Nationals Kidnapped in Mali

Posted November 24th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Two French nationals have been kidnapped in Mali. Local sources say gunmen abducted the two early Thursday from their hotel in the town of Hombori, in eastern Mali near the border with Niger. They say the two French citizens work for a cement company. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Al-Qaida-linked militants have kidnapped […]

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Kidnappers in Yemen Free 3 French Aid Workers

Posted November 14th, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy says three French aid workers kidnapped in Yemen nearly six months ago have been freed with help from the sultan of Oman. In a statement Monday, Mr. Sarkozy thanked the Omani leader for his “decisive help,” but did not elaborate on the details of the release. The three hostages – two […]

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Sarkozy: Israeli PM is a ‘Liar’

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar.” News organizations say Mr. Sarkozy made the remark during a private conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama, last week, as the two leaders sat side-by-side at a meeting of the world’s leading 20 economies in France. The two leaders’ comments were inadvertently […]

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Fire Guts French Newspaper Office

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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French police say fire has gutted a satirical newspaper’s Paris offices. The Charlie Hebdo newspaper this week published a special Arab Spring edition that featured a cartoon image of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover. His depiction is prohibited in Islam. Police cite witnesses as seeing Molotov cocktails being thrown at the building. An investigation […]

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Air France Flight Crews on Strike

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Air France flight crews are on strike until Wednesday protesting the proposed reduction of crew members per flight. Air France management cancelled many flights Sunday, and expects to cancel about 15 percent of scheduled flights Monday. Air France has been relying on other airlines to lessen the strike’s impact. The strike coincides with a busy […]

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Somali Kidnappers of French Woman Demand Cash for Remains

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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France says the Somali kidnappers of a French woman, who died in captivity, are demanding cash for the return of her remains. Sixty-six year-old Marie Dedieu was kidnapped from her private beach home in northern Kenya on October 1. France said it learned of her death Wednesday. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet says the kidnappers […]

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