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French Force Leaves Lebanon

Associated Press

Forty-three French truce observers sailed home today, ending a frustrating two-year mission monitoring belligerent Christian and Muslim militias in Beirut.

French Premier Jacques Chirac said the increasing level of violence in Lebanon had rendered the truce observers’ mission hopeless. The decision to withdraw the observer force was seen by analysts as an effort to reduce French vulnerability by decreasing its physical presence in the Middle East.


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