November 7, 2013 |
Albert Camus, who would be 100 years old Thursday, is ageless. The French Algerian's life and work reflect the long tragedy of the 20th century, marked by disquiet, genocide and violence, but his diagnosis of our absurd condition, and his effort to find not a cure (there is none) but the proper response, tie him just as firmly to the new millennium. Camus lived on intimate terms with the absurd. He lost his father, whom he never knew, in the war to end all wars that emphatically failed in that regard.
September 3, 1985 |
Four French soldiers were killed Monday when their helicopter crashed during a training flight in central France, the Defense Ministry said. The cause of the accident, near Chateauneuf-sur-Cher, was not immediately known.
January 18, 2009 |
A helicopter carrying 10 French soldiers crashed off the coast of Gabon in central Africa, France said. It was not immediately clear whether there were any survivors. President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said that "all available means" would be deployed to search for those aboard. The helicopter was carrying out joint military exercises with Gabon when it went down.
November 23, 2001 |
A man conceived in a rape by French soldiers during the Algerian independence war was declared a war victim Thursday and awarded damages. An appeals court awarded Mohammed Garne, 41, a partial military pension for three years, but it denied his request for full lifetime benefits. The decision was the first time a French court ruled that a person conceived as the result of a rape was a war victim, and it brought a formal closure to Garne's tortuous search for his identity.
February 6, 2000 |
French peacekeepers in northwestern Kosovo clashed for a second straight day with ethnic Albanians in a divided city. The latest confrontation broke out after the ethnic Albanians tried to push their way across a bridge to the Serb-controlled side of Kosovska Mitrovica. It was the fourth day of violence in the city since a rocket attack on a U.N. bus killed two elderly Serbs. Thirty-six people, including six French soldiers, were injured in the latest clash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000
Re "Once Again, Milosevic Is Having His Way With Peacekeepers," Opinion, Feb. 20: I was appalled by Susan Blaustein's unfair and inaccurate account of what happened in Kosovska Mitrovica, accusing the French soldiers in the KFOR forces of favoring the Serbs against the Albanians. It is surprising that the effort to prevent the bloodshed of an armed confrontation between two ethnic groups should be blamed as taking sides. Blaustein seems to ignore that France was the second-largest participant in the NATO airstrikes against Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia and that the French soldiers in Mitrovica were under the command of the multinational KFOR forces commanded by a German general.
August 19, 1985 |
The remains of 57 people, apparently executed by the French during the Algerian War, have turned up in an abandoned zinc mine southeast of Algiers, the daily El Moudjahid reported Sunday. The newspaper said all the victims appeared to have been shot or strangled with wire and that French soldiers dynamited the mine shaft before leaving in 1962.