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French FM Meets Chinese Officials Seeking Yuan Rise

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe met Tuesday with Chinese leaders in Beijing for talks that were expected to focus on Europe’s desire to see the Chinese currency appreciate more quickly. Juppe held morning talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and met in the afternoon with Premier Wen Jiabao. The talks were aimed at preparing […]

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French FM Meets Chinese Officials Seeking Yuan Rise

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 1:45 am (UTC-5)
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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is meeting Tuesday with Chinese leaders in Beijing for talks expected to focus on Europe’s desire to see the Chinese currency appreciate more quickly. Juppe held morning talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and was expected to meet in the afternoon with Premier Wen Jiabao. The talks are aimed […]

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Rwandan and French Presidents Meet; Try to Put Genocide Behind Them

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 5:41 pm (UTC-5)
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Rwandan President Paul Kagame was welcomed in Paris by his French counterpart as the two countries try to move beyond bitterness over Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosted Mr. Kagame in the Elysee Palace Monday where the two had a working lunch. Mr. Kagame said after the lunch that the two leaders discussed […]

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French Police Question Strauss-Kahn

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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French police have questioned former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn about an alleged rape attempt in Paris. Police officials spoke with Strauss-Kahn for about three hours Monday about allegations by a French journalist that he tried to rape her in 2003. Strauss-Kahn returned home to France earlier this month after separate sexual assault charges […]

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Explosion at French Nuclear Site Kills 1, Injures 4

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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An explosion at a nuclear site in southern France has killed one person and injured four others, one seriously. France’s ASN nuclear safety agency says the blast Monday happened at the Centraco nuclear waste treatment center on the grounds of another nuclear site, Marcoule, near the city of Nimes. An ASN spokesman says the blast […]

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Nuclear Power Tops France’s Energy Production

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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France launched its large-scale nuclear program in the 1970s, fueled by the Middle East oil crisis that saw a monumental jump in oil prices. France has very few natural energy resources. It has no oil or gas, and its coal resources are very poor and virtually exhausted, making nuclear power an attractive alternative to energy […]

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Lawyer: France’s Chirac Took Illegal Cash from West African Leaders

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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A lawyer has accused embattled former French president Jacques Chirac and ex-prime minister Dominique de Villepin of receiving millions in illegal cash from West African leaders. In interviews with French media on Sunday and Monday, attorney Robert Bourgi said he personally delivered $20 million in cash to the French politicians between 1995 and 2005. Bourgi […]

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Explosion at French Nuclear Site Kills 1, Injures 3

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion at a nuclear site in southern France has killed one person and injured at least three others. France’s ASN nuclear safety agency says the blast Monday at the Marcoule nuclear installation in the city of Nimes happened near a furnace. Firefighters say a security perimeter has been set up around the area. Marcoule […]

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Explosion at French Nuclear Plant

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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An explosion has rocked a nuclear site in southern France. France’s nuclear safety body says the blast occurred Monday at the Marcoule nuclear plant in the city of Nimes. It was not immediately clear how serious the blast was. No other information was immediately available.

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French Police Investigate 2003 Strauss-Khan Rape Case

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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French police Monday began investigating an alleged rape attempt in 2003 involving former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Khan and a journalist. Police officials spoke with Strauss-Khan Monday about the sexual assault case. The French journalist says Strauss-Khan tried to rape her in an empty Paris apartment in 2003 when she went to interview him. […]

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