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French Ex-President Chirac Trial to Restart in September

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Paris court says the long-delayed trial of former French president Jacques Chirac on corruption charges will resume September 5. Mr. Chirac is accused of misusing public funds while serving as the mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995. He allegedly used the money to pay friends and political allies for non-existent jobs. His nine […]

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France Investigates 2 New Suspected E. Coli Cases

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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French authorities are investigating two new suspected cases of E. coli linked to hamburger patties that have already infected seven children in northern France. Of the children between 18 months and 8 years old, the worst-affected child is a two-year-old who is in a medically-induced coma. Health authorities have ordered a recall of 10 tons […]

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Russia, France Sign Billion-Dollar Contract for Warships

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and France on Friday signed a 1.6-billion dollar contract for two French-made Mistral class warships. The two countries sealed the deal on the sidelines of an economic summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia. Negotiations over the sale had been hung up on questions of how much access Russia would have to the military technology […]

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Bodies From Atlantic Plane Crash Brought to France

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The remains of 104 people recovered from the wreckage of an Air France jet that crashed into the Atlantic two years ago have been brought to France for identification. The bodies and wreckage from the Airbus 330 plane arrived by ship on Thursday at the port of Bayonne in southwestern France. Police officials say the […]

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South Korea Welcomes Return of Looted Books

Posted June 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea welcomed the return Saturday of nearly 300 royal books looted in the 19th century by invading French soldiers. South Koreans dressed in court costumes from the Joseon Dynasty paraded the 297 volumes to central Seoul’s Gyeonbok Palace. The richly illustrated books detail protocol for royal ceremonies during the Joseon Dynasty, which ruled the […]

French Court to Rule on Lagarde in July

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A French court has delayed until July 8 a decision on whether to open a formal inquiry into claims that Finance Minister and International Monetary Fund candidate Christine Lagarde abused her power. The delay means the allegations will hang over Lagarde’s bid to be the new IMF chief. Lagarde says she did nothing wrong in […]

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Judge OKs extradition of France bomb suspect

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A judge in Canada has ruled that a Canadian may be extradited to France where he faces charges in connection with a 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris that killed four people. Justice Robert Maranger said that while he believes the French authorities’ case against 57-year old Hassan Diab is “weak,” the Canadian-Lebanese national must be […]

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Palestinians Accept French Peace Talks Plan

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 6:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinians have accepted France’s proposal to try to revive Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he has agreed to the offer made by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday. However, there is no indication that Israel has agreed. On Thursday, Juppe said France wants […]

Palestinians Accept French Peace Talks Plan

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The Palestinians have accepted France’s proposal to try to revive Middle East peace talks with a meeting in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday he has agreed to the offer made by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday. However, there is no indication that Israel has agreed. On Thursday, Juppe said France wants […]

France Offers to Host Middle East Peace Talks

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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France is trying to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians before the Palestinians are expected to submit a petition to the United Nations in September for statehood recognition. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says his country wants to host peace talks in Paris before the end of July. He announced the proposal on […]

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