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French writer Maurice Druon dies aged 90

French writer Maurice Druon dies aged 90 Paris - French author Maurice Druon, a former culture minister and fighter for France's World War II resistance movement, died Tuesday aged 90, the Academie francaise announced. Druon, author of numerous novels, was hailed by President Nicolas Sarkozy as "grand scribe and a grand soul."

He is best known for Les Rois Maudits, or The Accused Kings, a series of historical novels published in the 1950s.

Gunman kills two in France before surrendering to police - Summary

Gunman kills two in France before surrendering to police - Summary Paris - A gunman wielding a hunting rifle shot two people to death outside his house in the northern French town of Douchy-les- Mines, France Info radio reported Monday. The 63-year-old gunman, a retired lorry driver, fled into his residence after the shootings, but surrendered to police several hours later. Earlier reports spoke of three people killed.

The victims were identified as a young couple who were about to visit the gunman's neighbours.

Gunman kills two in France before surrendering to police - Update

Gunman kills two in France before surrendering to police - Update

Sarkozy, Bruni get bullet threat by post

Sarkozy, Bruni get bullet threat by postParis, Apr. 11 : French president Nicolas Sarkozy has received a letter containing two bullets, prompting speculation that one was intended for him and the other for his wife, Carla Bruni.

It is the second time in a month the president has been sent death threats by post, but the first time France''s First Lady has potentially been targeted.

The menacing package, which was addressed to Sarkozy, was delivered to the Elysée palace on Thursday, the Scotsman reports.

Two pirates, one hostage killed in French rescue move, Paris says

Two pirates, one hostage killed in French rescue move, Paris says Paris - French naval forces overwhelmed pirates who had seized a private yacht in the Indian Ocean a week ago, but at the cost of the lives of one of the hostages and two pirates, Paris disclosed Friday evening. The presidential office said the three other pirates involved in the capture of the yacht Tanis on April 4 had beencaptured.

President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his condolences to the family of the hostage who had died. He stressed France's determination not to give in to blackmail and to keep the pirates in check.

Energy agency again downgrades 2009 global oil demand due to slump

Energy agency again downgrades 2009 global oil demand due to slump Paris - Worse-than-expected prospects for the world economy has prompted the International Energy Agency (IEA) to again revise downward global oil demand for 2009. In its Monthly Oil Report, issued Friday in Paris, the IEA said that "after a flurry of downward adjustments by both public and private forecasters," oil demand for 2009 has been revised down by 1 million barrels per day, to 83.4 million barrels per day.

This is a drop of 2.8 per cent compared to 2008, the IEA said.

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