Friday, April 04, 2008

Pirates Seize Control of Luxury French Yacht Off Coast of Somalia

...Without A Government To Formally Surrender To...France Unsure How To Proceed...

PARIS — "Pirates seized control of a French luxury yacht carrying 30 crew members Friday in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia's coast, the French government and the ship's owner said.

Attackers stormed the three-mast Le Ponant as it returned without passengers from the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, toward the Mediterranean Sea, said officials with French maritime transport company CMA-CGM.

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