France declares war against al-Qaida

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July 28, 2010 04:06

 
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PARIS  — France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network's North African branch, after terrorists killed a French aid worker taken hostage in April.

The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

"We are at war with al-Qaida," Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

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