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2008-06-21 15:00:27

The governments of France and Algeria signed an agreement Saturday in which France will help its former colony develop nuclear power. The pact was signed in Algiers by the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, the BBC reported. He said the nuclear pact marked a transformation in the countries' ties. Under the agreement, French and Algerian ministers agreed to conduct joint research and training projects. Eventually, nuclear power plants could be built on Algerian soil, the British...

2006-01-27 08:09:56

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - When Abdelkrim Klech left Algeria as a child, an angry crowd at the port shouted at his family to go to hell and never come back from France. Klech's Algerian father was considered a traitor and had faced death threats from neighbors because he fought for colonial master France during Algeria's war of independence. But the family's arrival in France brought another shock. They and thousands of other "harkis" -- Algerian Muslims who fought for...

2006-01-04 08:52:57

PARIS (Reuters) - France should change a law that encourages the positive portrayal of its colonial past in school books, President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday. "The current text divides the French. It must be rewritten. I want this move to happen within the framework of a general reflection because it is not for the law to write history," Chirac said in a New Year's address to journalists. The law was passed in February last year but became politically explosive when lawmakers...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.