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French soldier slain as peace talks stall

Gunmen killed one French paratrooper and wounded two others in a grenade and automatic rifle attack Monday soon after Lebanese peace talks broke up in deadlock.

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The attack came at the end of a day in which US marines changed their landing location to prevent a repeat of a Sunday attack on a helicopter in which one American was killed.

The spokesman said two French soldiers were wounded and one killed, their 85 th man to die in Lebanon since the French joined the multinational peacekeeping force in 1982.

The attack was on a post on the north wall of the defenses surrounding the main French headquarters, a repeat of a similar attack a week ago.

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