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France to Give Arafat's Medical Records to Family


France says it will give Yasser Arafat's medical file to his immediate family, but will not disclose the cause of his death to Palestinian officials who had asked for details.

Speaking Tuesday in Paris, French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier said French law dictates that only family members are entitled to such information.

Mr. Arafat died Thursday in a French hospital near Paris, after slipping into a coma and suffering what doctors said was a brain hemorrhage. Physicians have not said what caused his death.

Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia asked for a full medical report. The request is seen as an effort to end widespread Arab speculation that Mr. Arafat may have been poisoned by Israel.

Senior Palestinian officials say there is no evidence of poisoning.

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