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French Minister: Poison Amount Not Lethal

Traces of the poison ricin were found in a locker at a Paris train station, but in amounts too small to be lethal, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday. Sarkozy said there was no proof France was targeted for a terrorist attack but said the poison could be linked to the December discovery of chemicals and related gear in the Paris suburbs during an investigation into a Chechen rebel network. The ricin was discovered Monday in two vials hidden in a locker at the Gare de Lyon station in central Paris. Two vials of powder and a bottle of liquid were also in the locker. Ricin, derived from the castor bean plant, can kill within days. There is no antidote. The Interior Ministry announced the discovery Thursday. On Friday, Sarkozy told Europe-1 radio that the ricin traces were in “non-lethal quantities.” He said “one could make a link” to the chemicals and gear found in Romainville and La Courneuve in an investigation of a Chechen rebel network thought to supply fighters to battle Russian troops. Full Story

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