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France urges calm over rail bomb

The prime minister of France, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, has appealed for calm after a bomb was found on a main railway line. The state-run rail company SNCF said the device was found during an inspection of the line between Paris and the Swiss city of Basel. A bomb disposal squad made the device safe, the government announced. SNCF has increased security since a group calling itself AZF sent blackmail demands, threatening attacks. The group sent notes to the French president and the Interior Ministry demanding $4m and 1m euros (£2.5m in total). That prompted a search of France’s entire rail network two weeks ago, which failed to find any traces of an explosive device. SNCF on Wednesday ordered another search of the country’s 32,000km (19,800 miles) network, but did not when it might take place. Full Story

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