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McDonald’s To Help Terror Victims

April 24, 2000

PARIS (AP) _ McDonald’s said Monday it would donate $143,000 to a French group that aids terrorism victims and their families after one of its employees was killed in a bomb blast in northwestern France last week.

In an interview with the daily Le Figaro, the chairman of McDonald’s France, Denis Hennequin, described the bomb attack, which killed 28-year-old Laurence Turbec, as ``an absurd crime.″

Turbec was killed last Wednesday when a bomb exploded at the drive-through windows in a McDonald’s near Dinan, a town in the northwestern French region of Brittany.

Authorities suspect the bomb was planted by the Breton Revolutionary Army, a separatist movement seeking autonomy for the region, which has maintained a strong cultural identity reflecting the Bretons’ Celtic origins.

McDonald’s restaurants in France have been targeted previously by opponents of globalization.

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