By Andrew P. Napolitano
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Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to the northeast of Paris. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines. - Source: Wikipedia
A French appeals court on Thursday overturned a manslaughter conviction against Continental Airlines for the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people, ruling that mistakes by the company's mechanics were not enough to make it legally responsible for the deaths.
Hundreds of Air France flights were canceled Tuesday — including 40 percent out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport — and the disruption is expected to get worse during a union strike over labor rights.
Readers of this column will remember that when Dominique Strauss-Kahn was taken off an Air France flight in May just as it was about to vamoose for Paris, I was suspicious. The story and circumstances of his adventure with the chambermaid, Nafissatou Diallo, in the Sofitel hotel kept changing. In the meantime, he was accorded the indignity of the "perp walk." He was sent to Rickers Island, a veritable hellhole. He got up on the morning of May 14 as one of the world's most distinguished public servants. He was head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and apparently about to become the Socialist Party's front-runner for president of France. He retired that evening a convicted felon in the eyes of almost anyone familiar with his story, and I suspect he slept badly.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned home to a mixed welcome in France on Sunday, his first time in the country since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid unleashed an international scandal that dashed his chances for the French presidency.
A European Parliament official warned Tuesday that members of the Iranian opposition living in Iraq remain in danger, and he will propose that they all be relocated to other countries.