France's Ground Zero

Crumpled cars lie scattered before flattened buildings, and curtains from the hollowed windows of structures still standing flicker like tongues between the broken teeth of a pummeled mouth. Hulks of charred buses and trucks sit twisted amid desolate ruins. Tangled beams resemble the rib cages and disjointed bones of a killing field. Shattered glass crackles under foot for kilometers in all directions, and the air remains heavy with dust and a sinister chemical stink. This is ground zero, 6,000 km from Manhattan, in the southwestern French city of Toulouse. And France is wondering if it too has been hit by a...

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