WWII BOMBS, SHELLS STILL MAJOR HAZARD

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PARIS: Unexploded bombs and shells from World War II remain a major hazard in western France that has been poorly investigated, the French environmental group Robin des Bois said on Monday. “Around 600,000 ton of bombs were dropped on France between June 1940 and May 1945, and around 15 percent of that did not explode,” its president, Jacky Bonnemains, said. Robin des Bois (Robin Hood) issued its report ahead of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, which marked the start of France’s liberation from four years of Nazi occupation. The landings on the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944 were preceded by an intense air assault on ports, bridges and railway junctions.

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