French aid to tsunami victims rises to EUR 120m

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PARIS, Jan 6 (AFP) - Financial aid from France for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster now exceeds EUR 120 million (USD 158 million), taking into account donations from all sources, according to an AFP tally Thursday.

PARIS, Jan 6 (AFP) - Financial aid from France for victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster now exceeds EUR 120 million (USD 158 million), taking into account donations from all sources, according to an AFP tally Thursday.

Leading humanitarian groups in France said public donations had nearly doubled to EUR 65 million since Tuesday, exceeding the EUR 49.8 million in relief aid provided by the French government, including a first outlay of EUR 23.7 million in emergency funds.

The chief recipients were the French Red Cross, Doctors without Borders (MSF), the Catholic agency Caritas and the UN children's fund UNICEF.

The surprise announcement by MSF Monday that it was suspending appeals for aid because it had received enough money did not appear to have slowed down the rate of contributions.

French President Jacques Chirac meanwhile called for "a massive commitment" by the European Union to help devastated Asian countries, adding that the international community's capability to deal with emergencies must be strengthened.

At hastily-arranged talks Friday to hammer out how best to help the disaster-hit south Asia France would back "a massive commitment by the European Union to this region and ask that all available means be assembled to create a European reconstruction fund", he said at a reception for foreign ambassadors.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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