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News stops: Minister doubts ArcelorMittal deal

A LOOK over some of the headlines from France.

French minister doubts ArcelorMittal would stick to deal to keep furnaces open
A French minister has cast doubts the world’s top steelmaker would abide by a compromise deal to keep two struggling blast furnaces in north-eastern France open.

French bank governor Christian Noyer calls for City of London to be sidelined as Europe's financial hub
London should be stripped of its status as Europe's main financial hub and sidelined to allow the eurozone to “control” transactions within the 17-nation bloc, the governor of the Bank of France has said.

Napoleon essay fetches record price at French auction
A 200-year-old letter in which Napoleon Bonaparte vows to blow up the Kremlin fetched 187,500 euros at a French auction on Sunday, while an essay by him on the failed Russian campaign set another record.

Missing Pacific island riddle solved: researcher
The phantom landmass in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and Google maps and is supposedly midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia.

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