- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 17, 2006

BRITAIN

Police question dozens in prostitute slayings

LONDON — Police investigating the slayings of five prostitutes in a city in eastern England said yesterday they have no formal suspects, but are focusing on 50 to 100 people they want to question.

Police also released closed-circuit television footage from the train where one victim, Anneli Alderton, 24, was last seen Dec. 3 — the date of the footage — in an effort to track her movements before her body was found seven days later.

The naked bodies of five female prostitutes have been found.

FRANCE

Veteran rocker seeks tax relief over border

PARIS — Johnny Hallyday is the closest thing France has to Elvis, so the veteran rocker’s announcement that he is moving across the border to Switzerland to escape high taxes has come as a bombshell.

In the highly politicized atmosphere of pre-election France, the singer’s decision is taking on political dimensions, too. Score one for presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy: If the conservative who is promising lower taxes wins next spring’s elections, Mr. Hallyday says he may move back.

“Black is black, there’s no more hope,” Mr. Hallyday sang in one of his many hits. And the way he tells it, being wealthy in France has become hopelessly expensive.

ITALY

Government, industry battle anorexic models

ROME — The Italian government and fashion industry joined forces yesterday in a campaign against anorexic models, which includes attention to the “full-bodied” and a commitment to add larger sizes to collections.

The prime minister’s office said that the self-regulating code for Italy’s highly competitive fashion industry would be signed in Rome next week.

Helping to spur the war on unhealthily rail-thin models on the fashion-show runways was the death from anorexia last month of a 21-year-old model in Brazil.

FRANCE

Remains probably not Joan of Arc’s

CHINON — Researchers examining what were thought to be Joan of Arc’s remains are fast coming to the conclusion that they are not, a forensic scientist leading the investigation said yesterday.

“The chances that we are dealing with the remains of the French heroine are diminishing,” Philippe Charlier said after completing six months of research.

The remains — preciously guarded by a French historical association and the property of Roman Catholic Church authorities in Tours, southwest of Paris — include fragments of bone, wood and fabric.

But while a fragment of linen does indeed date from the 15th century, neither it nor the other elements of the remains show any signs of having been burned and appear even to have been embalmed, Mr. Charlier said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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