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24/04/00 . Author not known . Times Wire Services . UK
One Killed in Bomb Blast at McDonald's in France
DINAN, France--A bomb explosion ripped through a McDonald's in western France on Wednesday, killing an employee, shattering windows and blowing off part of the restaurant's roof.
The blast occurred at the drive-through windows in the
rear section of the building in a shopping center near
Dinan, rescue workers said.
The Breton Revolutionary Army, which is seeking
autonomy for Brittany's Breton-speaking population,
suspected in the blast. The group has been blamed for
an increasing number of attacks in recent months.
Irene Stoller, the head of France's special
anti-terrorism judicial division, went to Dinan, about
200 miles west of Paris, for a brief inspection of the
Another small bomb was defused early Wednesday in
front of a post office in downtown Rennes, 35 miles
southeast of Dinan. The bomb contained three sticks of
dynamite, police said.
A statement by Interior Minister Jean-Pierre
Chevenement linked the Rennes bomb attempt and the
McDonald's bombing. It noted that the death in the
Dinan bombing would be the first fatality despite
French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin expressed his
condolences to the family of the victim and said that
"nothing can justify these forms of blind terrorism."
President Jacques Chirac also condemned the violence.
Rene Benoit, mayor of Dinan, said in a telephone
interview that the woman killed was a 28-year-old
relative of the owner of the franchise. She was near
the back door of the restaurant and was thrown
outdoors by the force of the bomb, he said.
"Dinan is a very calm town," Benoit said. "It has no
link to the Breton independence movement, which some
people say is linked to the attack."
Benoit called the bombing "unacceptable and
"You can press your case in the streets, in the
legislature, in the media, but not with bombs," he
said. "It's not in our culture."
Judicial sources, speaking on condition their names
not be used, said the dynamite used in the bomb
defused in Rennes was part of a stock of nearly 8 tons
of the explosive stolen in September from a company in
the Breton town of Plevin.
Police later recovered about 5 tons of the dynamite
and arrested nearly a dozen Breton and Basque