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Thousands of spectators gathered on the beach at Golfe-Juan on the Cote d'Azur to watch the re-enactment of the French dictator's arrival exactly 200 years ago. Napoleon had been held for 10 months on the prison island of Elba, off the coast of Italy, before he escaped his exile. Napoleon lookalike Frank Samson, a Parisian lawyer has been playing the role for a decade. Elisabeth de la Boulangere, Napoleon's devoted cook, helped his departure from Elba.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday called on his Greek counterpart to get "serious" about his country's debt-wracked economy, after Alexis Tsipras accused eurozone partners of undermining its negotiations with Brussels. Rajoy was reacting to comments by Tsipras on Saturday, who said that during talks that earned Greece a four-month extension to its bailout, pressure from certain other European countries "had the character of blackmail" -- pointing especially to Spain and Portugal. He noted that Tsipras's hard-left Syriza party had tried to lay the blame for Greece's problems on Spain and neighbouring Portugal. Both Madrid and Lisbon have filed official protests against Tsipras's comments with Brussels, with Portuguese officials also firing back.
By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu set off for the United States to deliver the speech, which has imperilled ties between the two allies. Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons -- something Tehran denies seeking.