French Claim Nfld. Waters

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Published: Wednesday, 05/13/2009 12:00 am EDT

France is attempting to lay claim to the energy rich waters off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Globe and Mail reported. Citing a 2003 scientific study, a letter of intent was filed with the United Nations claiming that the underwater landmass of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon should extend 350 miles up to the continental shelf. A 1992 arbitration ruling gave France a much smaller economic zone, and Canada has insisted that the previous ruling should stand. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon reiterated in March. "Canada will take all necessary measures to defend and protect its rights with respect to its continental shelf."

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