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With peace talks deadlocked, Yugoslav troops closed in on a strategic mountain ridge in Kosovo on Wednesday, leaving hopes fading for a solution to the war in the Serbian province. Serbian negotiators in Paris are refusing to discuss deployment of 28,000 NATO soldiers to enforce any deal and demanded about 20 changes to a draft political accord giving ethnic Albanians in the province more autonomy, foreign mediators said. Ethnic Albanians are set to sign the deal.
November 22, 1992 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Pierre Beregovoy called a U.S.-European Community deal on farm trade unacceptable Saturday, but he urged angry farmers to remain calm and indicated he is willing to negotiate. France's hard-line stance against the agreement has isolated it from its EC partners, who agreed to the farm subsidy reductions Friday. The 12-member EC fears that the dispute could escalate into a transatlantic trade war that would harm everyone.
Rising from the heart of Paris, the underground metro A4 line breaks into sunlight just west of Vincennes, as the urban sprawl gives way to green soccer fields and small villages. In short order, a billboard featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse appears among hamburger and clothing advertisements, the first clue to what lies at the end of the line.
May 3, 2002 | RANAN R. LURIE, Ranan R. Lurie, a senior adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., is an internationally syndicated columnist and political cartoonist.
I remember Jean-Marie Le Pen from many years ago: We were both young paratroop officers--boarding different planes, taking off in formation for a jumping exercise. He was a regular of the French "para" forces, and I was a foreign officer training with their crack special forces. I didn't mingle with his crowd, but I remember noticing him. He was popular among the guys, flaunting tremendous bravado and natural, aggressive leadership. The soldiers followed him with glee.
September 7, 2003 | Kelly Carter, Special to The Times
In the Hollywood version of Frances Mayes' 1996 bestselling memoir "Under the Tuscan Sun," there are no car chases. No murders or ghosts, either, though some of the filmmakers who vied for the project suggested them to spice up the tale of an American academic renovating a dilapidated villa in the Italian countryside. There is, however, a dashing Italian lover -- something missing from the story as Mayes actually lived it.
France's conservative government said Wednesday that it will seek to impose strict controls on artificial impregnation, including a requirement that infertile couples have the consent of the sperm donor and a judge's permission before receiving an embryo implant. The government was spurred by a growing national debate this week following the birth of twins to a 59-year-old, post-menopausal British woman, who received an embryo implant at an Italian clinic.
June 29, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
In a bid to harness what backers say could be a nearly limitless source of clean electric power, an international consortium Tuesday chose France as the site for an experimental fusion reactor that will aim to replicate how the sun creates energy. The planned $13-billion project is one of the most prestigious and expensive international scientific efforts ever launched. But critics say the technological hurdles to be overcome are so vast that the money could be better spent in other ways.
December 21, 2011
The killing of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 was an act of genocide. The Holocaust was a fact. Yet Americans are free to deny the reality of either — or make outlandish assertions of all kinds — without facing punishment by the state. Residents of France will be denied that privilege if its parliament adopts a wrong-headed bill to criminalize denial of the Armenian genocide. On Thursday the lower house of France's parliament will debate a bill that would punish those who deny the genocide with a year in prison and a $58,000 fine.
October 22, 2005 | Maggie Farley and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
President Bush called on the U.N. Security Council on Friday to act quickly in response to a report that senior Syrian and Lebanese officials probably plotted the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The U.N.
August 30, 1992 | WILLIAM PFAFF, William Pfaff is a Los Angeles Times syndicated columnist based in Paris
1992 threatens to become the year of Europe's deconstruction. January, 1993, will bring a single European Market. By then there may well have been a collapse of the European Community's plans for monetary union and for further political and security integration. The next four weeks will be decisive. On Sept. 20, the French public votes in a referendum to accept or reject the Maastricht Treaty on further European union. If the French vote no-- and they may--unification is finished.
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