France unable to confirm report bin Laden is dead

PARIS – France said it could not confirm a report on Saturday that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died in Pakistan last month. The French regional daily L’Est Republicain, published in Nancy, quoted a document from the DGSE foreign intelligence service as saying the Saudi secret services were convinced bin Laden had died of typhoid in late August.French President Jacques Chirac told reporters after a summit with leaders of Germany and Russia that bin Laden’s death ”has not been confirmed in any way whatsoever, and so I have no comment to make”.

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