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Former French Envoy Detained In Oil-For-Food Scandal


11 October 2005 -- French justice officials say that Jean-Bernard Merimee, France's former envoy at the UN Security Council, has been detained in connection to corruption in the Iraqi oil-for-food program.

French investigators suspect Merimee of having received bribes from the former Ba'athist regime in Baghdad.

Merimee served as France's ambassador to the United Nations from 1991 to 1995.

(dpa/AP)

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