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Africa Summit Opens in Paris

Today, remembering Mandela, tomorrow, talking Central African intervention

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A two-day summit that has brought 40 African leaders to France opened here on Friday against the sombre backdrop of a world in mourning over the death of Nelson Mandela.

Flags above the presidential Elysee Palace were flying at half-mast and participants were to observe a minute's silence in memory of the hero of the anti-apartheid struggle.