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Mk Tries to Block Sale of Liner to Saudis

October 25, 1977
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French-born MK Samuel Flatto-Sharon said today that he has instructed his lawyers in Paris to try to get a court order to block the sale of the French luxury liner France to Saudi Arabia. He claimed that he had entered the higher bid for the 66,000-ton steamship which was withdrawn from trans-Atlantic service in 1975 and put up for sale. But because of political pressure, the France was sold to the Saudis who will convert it to a floating hotel at Jeddah, Flatto said. He said he intended to buy another French passenger liner for use as a floating hotel at Eilat.

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