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French Say Poison Find Probably Thwarted Attack

The French authorities said today that the discovery on Monday of a small quantity of the deadly toxin ricin at a Paris train station probably thwarted a terrorist attack by Islamic militants. But they said they possessed no proof. The conclusion was drawn from evidence pointing to contacts between groups of militants in France and Britain, they said, where ricin was discovered in January during an antiterrorist sweep in London. “One can make a connection even if we do not posses the proofs today,” Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said. Mr. Sarkozy, speaking on French radio, said the police also found acetone and ethanol at the Gare de Lyon, where the ricin was found during a routine check of baggage lockers. “A mixture of the three can make an extremely nasty poison,” he said, adding that acetone and ethanol could also serve with castor beans to produce ricin. Full Story

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