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French Seek Absent Passenger in Terror Probe

Man Whose Name Was Provided by U.S. Failed to Show for Canceled Flight. French investigators continue to search for a man who failed to show up for an Air France flight that was scheduled to fly from Paris to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve but was canceled for security reasons, the French government confirmed yesterday. The man was booked on Flight 68, one of six Air France flights that were canceled on Dec. 24 and 25 after an examination of passenger manifests and other reports raised fears that terrorists were planning to hijack a plane or carry out some other attack on U.S. soil. “I can confirm that we are looking for someone, but I can’t say more,” Justice Minister Dominique Perben said in a radio interview. “What’s important when someone doesn’t take a plane is to know why he didn’t take it.” French news media later reported that the target of the search was a man believed to be an Afghan named Abdou Hai or Abdul Hay. His name does not appear in French files of suspected terrorists but was provided by U.S. authorities. Full Story

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