INTRODUCTION: Police believe that the killing of the French Ambassador to Lebanon Louis Delamare may have been a failed kidnap attempt rather than a planned political assassination.
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Background: BEIRUT, LEBANON
INTRODUCTION: Police believe that the killing of the French Ambassador to Lebanon Louis Delamare may have been a failed kidnap attempt rather than a planned political assassination. Mr. Delamare, 61, was shot six times through the window of his chauffeur-driven car as he travelled to his home in West Beirut on Friday (4 September). He died in hospital two hours after the attack. His body was flown out for France the following day.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Delamare was regarded as a popular and respected figure in Beirut. No major group claimed responsibility for the murder soon after the attack, however messages condemning the killing came promptly from organizations including the right wing Falangist party, the Communist party, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the paramilitary Shi'ite group Amal.
Mr. Delamare's death came less than a week after a visit to Lebanon by the French External Relations Minister claude Cheysson.
During the visit, Mr. Cheysson held a much publicised meeting with Palestinian commando leader Yasser Arafat, and the possibility of closer ties between France and the guerilla organization has been one suggested motive for the attack on Mr. Delamare. The police theory following study of the murder was that the idea to kidnap him because the killers tried unsuccessfully to break into the car before firing through the window. His body was flown back to France for burial in his home village.
Source: REUTERS - MOHAMMED AWWAD