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French Somali Rescue ends up with one hostage dead.
By David at 04/11/2009 - 22:32

French Somali Rescue ends up with one hostage dead.


France's defense minister praised the rescue effort by French troops: "During the operation, a hostage, Florent Lemacon, unfortunately met his death.  …The other four, including the child, are safe and well. The president of the republic and the government offer all their condolences to the family of Florent Lemacon and to his friends and share in their distress."   French Defence Minister Herve Morin said the hostage who died was Florent Lemacon, the owner of the yacht, Tanit, and father of the child. The operation started late on Thursday, five days after the yacht was seized.


Lance Armstrong’s behavior
By David at 04/08/2009 - 06:10

News is that the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) did not like Lance Armstrong’s behavior during a test. Armstrong said that the problem with the AFLD was that he went to take a shower for 20 minutes while team manager Johan Bruyneel checked the man's credentials with the relevant authorities before allowing him to be tested. Lance Armstrong is an American, he is the seven-time Tour de France champion.

Deadly Earthquake Hits Italy
By David at 04/06/2009 - 15:43

The U.S. Geological Survey said the big quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy's National Institute of Geophysics has it at 5.8.


L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, was near the epicenter about 70 miles northeast of Rome. The quake hit 26 towns and cities around L'Aquila. It is in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. A small town, Onno, was almost flat. Castelnuovo, a hamlet of about 300 people 15 miles southeast of L'Aquila, appeared hard hit. This is a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April. The quake struck at 3:32 a.m. Many people were killed and the death toll is likely to rise. Many people were injured as well.

Eiffel Tower Repainting
By David at 04/02/2009 - 04:38

Once the world’s tallest building, its construction marked the centennial of the French Revolution.  The most revenue-generating attraction in France, last year the Eiffel Tower drew seven million visitors. The Eiffel Tower is an amazing work of art, but it needs to be repainted about every seven year.  Since its construction in 1889, it has been repainted eighteen times, requiring many tons of paint.  Both color and its shade have been slightly changed.  One of these repaintings, always done by hand, began this March of 2009.  The job will require 66 tons of patented Eiffel Tower Brown, 31 miles of climbing cord, and 18 months of labor by 25 workers who must paint with miniscule brushes in comparison to the size of the monument in order to continue the tradition beginning in 1889.  Other structures use paint rollers, but the uniqueness of the Eiffel Tower deserves unique treatment.



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