Oil Exploration Makes A Tentative Return To Alsace Region

But the debate about oil and gas exploration on French soil shows no sign of abating. Sarkozy, in a policy U-turn, came out in favour of shale gas in his first political rally since his return to French politics this month, while energy minister Segolene Royal confirmed her opposition.

Back in Alsace, however, the local population has no qualms about its black gold. "It's part of our history," the mayor of Soufflenheim, Camille Scheydecker, said.

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(Writing by Michel Rose; editing by Jane Baird)


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