FRENCH MILITARY FLIGHT FORCED TO DETOUR U.S.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 25) - French authorities say a charter flight carrying troops and weapons to their Pacific territories must fly via Canada because of restrictions imposed by the United States.

The command of the French forces in French Polynesia says the Corsair flight from Paris carrying 240 soldiers and their equipment will stop in Vancouver on its route to Papeete and Noumea.

It says the new stopover was chosen to comply with U.S. demands that planes carry no firearms.

Another such charter flight with Corsair is to be carried out next week.

The French Polynesian carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, has also done charter flights for the French military.

September 26, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

 

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