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France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source
Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:31am EST | John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli, Michel Rose in Paris, Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey

Posted on 01/29/2013 5:51:47 PM PST by Pan_Yan

(Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday.

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Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held.

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According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear reactors came from Niger in 2008.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 201009; 201301; aqim; chuckhagel; france; hagel; josephwilson; mali; niger; nigerflap; plamenamegame; rockcreek; uranium; yellowcake
The plot thickens ...
1 posted on 01/29/2013 5:51:53 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Peace is breaking out everywhere.


2 posted on 01/29/2013 5:54:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Quick, hand out the Nobel Peace Prizes.


3 posted on 01/29/2013 5:57:34 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Areva was going to build a new facility here to do something with fuel rods, but after Fukashima the plug was pulled. Was hoping for thhem to come. Would have brought quite a bit of commerce to this area. Now all we can do is make vodka from the spuds and supply the Bud and Corona plants with malting barley.


4 posted on 01/29/2013 5:57:47 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Pan_Yan
Areva, one of the best advertisements, evah! (You might have to wait for it to load, it hung-up on me.
5 posted on 01/29/2013 5:58:26 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Pan_Yan

Yellow cake in Niger? Somebody call the Valerie Wilson Plame’s hubby, he says differently.


6 posted on 01/29/2013 6:15:20 PM PST by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Pan_Yan

Please!....
It’s “N”word Uranium


7 posted on 01/29/2013 6:51:29 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: 1rudeboy

That was kind of cool in a Sims-meet-nuclear-power cheesy sort of way.


8 posted on 01/29/2013 6:54:22 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: driftdiver

To quote Thomas Jefferson : Peace is that glorious moment in history were everyone is standing around reloading.


9 posted on 01/30/2013 1:48:59 PM PST by Nebr FAL owner
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To: DaveyB; Shermy
Former ambassador. See "Rock Creek corporation." To be fair, "Joe Wilson" is a common name, so to make sure: 1. Do you mean the "Joe Wilson" who was married to a French diplomat for 12 years? 2. Do you mean the "Joe Wilson" who verified the Niger government was innocent of UN sanctions busting while he was also soliciting a gold mining concession from the same Niger government? 3. Do you mean the "Joe Wilson" who doesn't believe a French mining company based in Niger wouldn't sell uranium to Iraq? That "Joe Wilson?" I bet you do... 14 posted on 12/15/2003 1:26:58 PM PST by Shermy**

Sounds like the guy. Oh, by the way.... Joe's Rock Creek Corp is also well connected to Chuck Hagel, who Obama now wants to make SecDef.

10 posted on 02/16/2013 1:37:46 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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