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April 30, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of French paramilitary troops, dressed in T-shirts and swimming suits, sipped beers and swapped jokes at beachfront resorts here Friday as the island's militant Melanesian separatists killed a French loyalist settler 190 miles from the capital and declared that "a colonial war" is raging in this French territory in the South Pacific.
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April 30, 1988 | MARK FINEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of French paramilitary troops, dressed in T-shirts and swimming suits, sipped beers and swapped jokes at beachfront resorts here Friday as the island's militant Melanesian separatists killed a French loyalist settler 190 miles from the capital and declared that "a colonial war" is raging in this French territory in the South Pacific.
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