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Video Purports to Show Men Who Attacked French Catholic Priest

VOA News Last updated on: July 27, 2016 4:31 PM The jihadist group Islamic State has released a video showing the two men accused of killing a Catholic priest at a church in northwestern France holding an IS banner and pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The video was posted by a news agency associated with Islamic State. In it, one of the men is reciting in Arabic a traditional pledge of allegiance to Baghdadi. Earlier Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande met with religious leaders in an attempt to assuage fears after this latest in a string of…
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IS Claims Responsibility for Normandy Church Attack

VOA News Islamic State has claimed two of its "soldiers" carried out Tuesday's attack on a Catholic Church in Normandy, France, where they killed a priest after taking him hostage at knife-point. The United States condemned "in the strongest possible terms" the "horrific" attack and offered condolences to the family and friends of the murdered priest, Father Jacques Hamel, and parishioners of the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said "France and the United States share a commitment to protecting religious liberty for those of all faiths, and today's violence will not shake that commitment." French President…
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France Remembers Attack Victims

PARIS— As joggers sprinted down nearby Canal Saint Martin, targeted by Islamist assailants last year, Antoine Karegis and his family braved a brisk wind Sunday at the Place de la Republique to pay their respects for the nearly 150 victims of last year’s terrorist attacks around Paris. “It would have been difficult not to be here,” said Karegis who lives nearby. “We’ve been affected by the attacks, like everyone else.” The Karegis family joined several thousand people attending the sober morning ceremony that marked one year since a massive rally against terrorism at the iconic square, following the January shootings…
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Today In History: March 31 1889

Inauguration of the Eiffel Tower Located in the heart of Paris, it was the tallest building in the world until the construction of the Chrysler building in New York in 1930 Shortly after one on the afternoon of Sunday, March 31, 1889 the French engineer Gustave Eiffel climbed the steps of the Tower named after him to place at its top a French flag and opening. The Eiffel Tower would eventually become the most famous in France. The Eiffel Tower was built during the Exposition Universelle of 1889 held in Paris, which also commemorated the centenary of the French Revolution.…
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Today In History: March 25 1957

Signing of the Treaty of Rome The European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC) were constituted by the Treaty of Rome. On this day in 1957 the EEC was formed, based on the current European Union. After a year of negotiations, France, Italy, the Federal Republic of Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Treaty of Rome. It was a series of agreements that began the construction of a new Europe that through economic integration would be a political union. The treaties established several stages in the process of integration in such a way that the…
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Today In History: March 21 1804

Promulgation of the Napoleonic Civil Code It was the cornerstone of the great legislative work of Napoleón Bonaparte and one of his great political successes Since General Bonaparte rose to power in France, with the coup of 18 Brumaire (9 November 1799), one of his goals as leader of the country was to achieve France's stabilization after years of turmoil, and war. One of the aspects in which he focused his energy was the ordination of the French legislation, which after years of constitutional changes and legislative work of the revolutionary assemblies had lost coherence and solidity. The culmination of…
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Sarkozy Rejects Accusations Made By Media

The former President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, rejected accusations that he received confidential information from a judge about legal proceedings against him. Sarkozy, the first time that he addresses the French public since losing elections in 2012, reported being subjected to wiretapping since last September. French police investigats Sarkozy for the alleged illegal financing of his electoral campaign of 2007 with donations received from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. In a column published by the newspaper Le Figaro, the former President also denied that he intends to be a presidential candidate in 2017.
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Greenpeace Breaks Into French Nuclear Plant

More than 60 environmental activists of the non governmental organization Greenpeace entered a nuclear plantmanaged by the company EDF  in Fessenheim, in eastern France, to protest the vulnerability of nuclear facilities. Members of the Group hung a banner with the words 'Stop jeopardizing Europe'. Greenpeace appealed to European Governments to cut the use of nuclear energy. The President of France, François Hollande, promised to close the plant by 2016 and reduce the dependence of his country of nuclear power as a source of electricity. Greenpeace has a long history of irruptions in nuclear plants in France. In July of last year, about…
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