March 4, 2009 |
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and three top government ministers have been sent anonymous death threats in letters stuffed with bullets, a judicial official said in Paris. Counter-terrorism agents are investigating the mailings to Sarkozy, Justice Minister Rachida Dati, Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Culture Minister Christine Albanel, the official said. The two-page, typed form letters feature disjointed messages addressed to "purveyors of freedom-killing and fascist laws," the official said.
September 17, 2008 |
French commandos stormed a yacht hijacked by Somalian pirates, killing one, capturing six and freeing two French hostages. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the raid was a warning to criminals on the high seas, and he called for other nations to take action against piracy off East Africa. He said Somalian pirates were holding 150 people and at least 15 ships, mainly in Eyl, a Somalian area that serves as a base for the pirates.
April 7, 2008 |
Vandals defaced the graves of Muslim World War I soldiers in northern France and left behind a severed pig's head at the cemetery, a prosecutor said. Graves in the cemetery at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire were inscribed with anti-Islam slogans, and graffiti singled out Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who is of North African origin, a prosecutor in nearby Arras, Jean-Pierre Valensi, told France-Info radio. He said 148 tombs were targeted. In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the vandalism a form of "unacceptable racism" and said he shares the pain of France's Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe.
May 22, 2008
French honor: Steven Spielberg met in Paris on Wednesday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who made the 61-year-old filmmaker an officer in the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his work in documenting the Holocaust and his efforts to help the war-racked Darfur region of Sudan. -- Swedish honor: Pink Floyd and soprano Renee Fleming were named winners of Sweden's 2008 Polar Music Prize on Wednesday. The British rock group and the American singer will each receive a cash prize of $168,000 at an Aug. 26 award ceremony in Stockholm, organizers said.
November 7, 2008
Campaign aides: An article in Thursday's Section A about tensions between aides loyal to Sen. John McCain and those loyal to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin erred in referring to communication between the camps regarding a telephone interview Palin had with a Canadian comedian who pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The article should have said, "McCain aides said the Palin camp did not notify McCain's senior staff or the State Department about the supposed contact." The word "not" was erroneously left out.
July 10, 2008 |
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony, his office said, ending his threat to boycott the event in an apparent attempt to soothe Chinese irritation over French support of Tibet. Sarkozy was the first world leader to raise the possibility of skipping the festivities to protest China's violent crackdown in Tibet after riots and protests there in March. A snub would have been a slap in the face to China's communist leadership, eager to use the Games to show off the country's clout.