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2008-07-05 12:00:09

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press PARIS -- Arriving to a hero's welcome in France, Ingrid Betancourt said Friday that she cried a lot during her six years as a prisoner in the Colombian jungle. Today, she said, "I cry with joy." French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife met the French- Colombian politician on the tarmac of an air base southwest of Paris, showering her with hugs, kisses and smiles. Betancourt, 46, became a cause celebre in France after her abduction in 2002 while...

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2006-10-09 08:16:53

PARIS - The days of cigarette-friendly France are about to go up in smoke. The prime minister announced Sunday that a ban on smoking in schools, offices and other public buildings will start in February, while restaurants, dance clubs and some bars have until 2008 to comply. "I am convinced the French people are now ready," said Dominique de Villepin, joining Ireland, Spain, Britain and Italy which have adopted similar measures. "The issue is ripe in our country, given the experiences that we...

2006-08-09 04:17:53

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon's government should guarantee the withdrawal of Hizbollah guerrillas fighting Israeli forces at the same time as sending the national army into the south of the country, France said on Wednesday. Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Beirut's offer to deploy 15,000 troops in southern Lebanon was a significant development as it had been taken by a government that included Hizbollah ministers. "The Lebanese government must also undertake not just to...

2006-07-31 07:14:24

By Laure Bretton PARIS (Reuters) - International pressure for a swift ceasefire in Lebanon mounted on Monday, with France saying Israel's pause in air strikes was not enough and Russia calling for an immediate suspension of hostilities. Israel pledged a 48-hour halt to air strikes after an attack at the weekend killed at least 54 people in a Lebanese village, but said it would step up its drive against Hizbollah guerrillas until an international force was deployed in south Lebanon....

2006-07-15 09:57:27

ROME (Reuters) - Italy began evacuating its nationals from Lebanon Saturday while the United States, France and the Netherlands prepared to do the same as Israeli planes pounded the country. Some 410 people left Beirut in an Italian convoy of vehicles on Saturday, Italy's Foreign Ministry said. The group was mostly made up of Italians and other Europeans, who were expected to arrive in the Syrian port city of Latakia. Two C130 Italian military aircraft will then fly the group back...

2006-06-27 03:54:44

By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac's staunch defense of his beleaguered prime minister won him few plaudits on Tuesday as critics accused him of being out of touch, out of ideas and out of time. Chirac gave a rare television interview on Monday evening to throw his weight behind gaffe-prone Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, praising the government for its economic record and minimizing deep divisions within his own ruling majority. But his defiant,...

2006-06-26 19:55:51

By Brian Rohan PARIS (Reuters) - Despite top grades at law school, two years as an intern and success at the bar exam, Simon Caille faced the prospect only of temporary work and low-paid assistantships as a new lawyer in Paris. Instead, brandishing the English he picked up along the way, Simon landed an internship in New York that paid better than some entry-level salaries in Paris. Soon he had a full-time position as a lawyer for an investment bank. "That's the way it should work...

2006-06-26 16:13:55

By Crispian Balmer PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac stood by beleaguered Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Monday, saying his government was producing good results despite a string of recent setbacks and controversies. "I don't see why I should change a government today that has perfectly fulfilled its mission," he told France 2 television, giving a rare interview in an effort to calm the political turbulence less than a year before presidential elections....

2006-06-26 14:28:57

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac rebuffed pressure on Monday to sack Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and promised to stand by his conservative government despite a series of political setbacks and gaffes. The president, who has faced widespread calls from members of his own UMP party to remove Villepin, said in a television interview the government was proving successful in reducing unemployment, lifting the economy and reforming the state. "I don't see why I...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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