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I suspect this is just logistics related to the Lebanon crisis.

French warships have been cruising off the coasts of Lebanon since the beginning of the conflict last month. The French government has chartered ferry ships and air flights to evacuate civilians from Lebanon (under warship protection); all of these stop in Cyprus first. That's just geography.

Having a supply base here makes sense, especially if French troops are to be deployed in south Lebanon.

Just my EUR 0.02

by Bernard on Thu Aug 3rd, 2006 at 06:15:40 PM EST
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