The other report cited was Christian Science Monitor; this from CNN which is more ominous:
Paris, France (CNN) — The French government will not be swayed by a threatening message apparently recorded by Osama Bin Laden, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday.
“It goes without saying that France does not let its politics be dictated by anyone, and certainly not by terrorists,” Sarkozy said while attending the European Union summit in Brussels Friday.
Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday and authenticated by the French Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
I was surprised in the article that experts say that fake Bin Laden tapes have never been aired, which would indicate that Bin Laden is really still alive somewhere.
The tape is audio only. The speaker does not appear. CNN was not able to confirm that it is really Osama Bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda.
But fake Bin Laden tapes have never been broadcast, U.S. intelligence experts say.