The Madrid train bombings had a particularly chilling effect on France. Exactly one week earlier, to the hour, a French regional newspaper, La Deche du Midi, had broken the news that there were eight bombs under the French railway network. Jean-Christophe Giesbert, editor of the Toulouse-based paper, broke the story and revealed that for several weeks the government and some journalists had known about the threat, but kept the public in the dark. As far as anyone knows the bombs are still there.
In December last year, a previously unknown terrorist group, AZF, began sending ransom demands to Jacques Chirac:…
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