France Dealing with Pirates, too

PARIS (AP) - Even as the U.S. tries to win freedom for a cargo
ship captain held by Somali pirates, a French military operation
has ended in the death of a hostage aboard a French sailboat.

France's navy stormed the sailboat, which was held by pirates
off the Somali coast, after the pirates made threats to kill the
passengers.

The raid killed two pirates, in addition to one of the hostages.
Four other hostages, including a small child, were freed. Three
pirates were captured.

France's defense minister says authorities suggested a ransom --
in a break with French government policy -- but that the pirates
rejected it.

The defense chief says the negotiations were "leading
nowhere." He says French President Nicolas Sarkozy gave the order
to attack.


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