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France wishes Bush well

PARIS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- French President Jacques Chirac followed other European leaders late Wednesday congratulating U.S. President George W. Bush on his re-election.

France hopes Israel allows Arafat freedom

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- French officials said Sunday they hope Israel will allow Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat freedom of movement after he returns from medical treatment.

France offers info to oil-for-food probe

PARIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- In response to U.S. charges of fraud, France has offered classified documents to U.N. investigators looking into corruption in the Iraqi oil-for-food program.

France wants warmer U.S. relations

PARIS, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The French government is preparing to establish a "new alliance" with the United States after next week's election, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Iraq violence complicates hostages issue

PARIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier Monday expressed fears that the "vicious circle of violence" in Iraq complicates the issue of two French hostages.

France begins make-up with Israel

JERUSALEM, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- France began mending diplomatic fences with Israel Monday as French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier vowed in Jerusalem France would fight anti-Semitism.

France condemns Israel Gaza operation

PARIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- France Monday denounced the ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed the lives of dozens of Palestinians since Wednesday.

France criticizes Iraq hostage mediators

PARIS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- France has criticized unofficial negotiators for complicating release efforts for two French hostages held in Iraq, the BBC reported Saturday.

Abdullah warns extremists may win in Iraq

PARIS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Jordan's King Abdullah warned extremists would be the winners in Iraq, if elections are held in January, as planned.

France won't send troops to Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier reaffirmed his country's continued opposition to the Iraq war during his United Nations address Thursday.

French FM: Hostages in Iraq alive

PARIS, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier declared Friday two French journalists kidnapped in Iraq are still alive and stand a good chance of being released.

French hostages release could be imminent

CAIRO, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Arab diplomats expected two French hostages to be released as a result of extensive efforts by Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mousa.

Jordan vows utmost help to French hostages

AMMAN, Jordan, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Jordan assured visiting French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier Tuesday it will spare no effort to help secure the release of two French hostages in Iraq.

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French journalists held hostage in video

CAIRO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Two French journalists being held hostage in Iraq were seen in a video urging their government to lift the ban on Muslim headscarves in schools.
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Michel Barnier
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier views an upcoming exhibition at a new museum in Yad Vashem during his visit to Israel on October 18, 2004. (UPI Photo/David Blumenfeld/POOL)
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Michel Barnier (born 9 January 1951) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). He was named Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on June 18, 2007 and resigned on June 7, 2009 after being elected to the European Parliament.

Michel Barnier was born in La Tronche in the Isère département of the Rhône-Alpes région, in France. He graduated from ESCP Europe in 1972. Member of the staff of some Gaullist ministers in the 1970s, he was elected to the French National Assembly at 27 as a deputy for the Savoie département in 1978, under the banner of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR) and served in this function until 1993.

Together with Jean-Claude Killy he organised the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as co-president of the COJO (Comité d'Organisation des Jeux Olympiques).

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