France: Final Text of Climate Accord Expected Early Saturday

December 12, 2015 5:48 AM

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LE BOURGET, France — The final text of an international pact to fight global warming was expected to be released within hours, a French official said early Saturday, after negotiators leaving a meeting with France's foreign minister expressed optimism that success was within reach.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius aimed to present a new draft of the elusive accord Saturday at 11:30 a.m. local time (5:30am ET), the French official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to be publicly named discussing the negotiations.

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