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US diplomat in France wounded by gunman

United States Consul General Robert Onan Homme was shot, but not seriously wounded, as he left for work Monday, police said. A Middle East group blamed for previous attempts on the lives of diplomats claimed responsibility for the attack, but police said they did not know whether the claim was genuine.

The Armed Lebanese Revolutionary Faction said in a letter to the French news agency Agence France Presse that it had shot Homme because of his ''well-known activities as a member of the CIA.''

Police had earlier said the shooting appeared to stem from a dispute between Homme and a member his household staff who was dismissed recently. But State Department officials discounted that theory.

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