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Gabrielle Giffords visits CERN atom smasher

Former Arizona lawmaker Gaby Giffords, the victim of a 2011 Arizona shooting that left six dead, visited the CERN and the French Alps with her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly.


Former U.S. Congresswoman Giffords stands with her husband Kelly, NASA astronaut and commander of mission STS-134, before Kelly and two other astronauts walk from L'Aiguille du Midi to the Refuge des Cosmiques near Mont-Blanc in Chamonix

Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from wounds after being shot last year, traveled high up into the French Alps on Monday with her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

Giffords, who still uses a wheelchair much of the time, was on her first trip outside the United States since she was shot in the head by a gunman in January 2011 as she met local people outside a Tucson supermarket.

She rode the two-stage cable car to a station with spectacular views of Mont Blanc and other peaks in France, Italy and Switzerland.

In bright sunshine but sub-zero temperatures at an altitude of 3,842 meters (12,605 feet) at the cable-car station on the Aiguille du Midi peak, Giffords smiled as she stood with her husband's arm around her shoulders.


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