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Lost In Translation

11:32 AM -- PARIS -- Some people, it would seem, will steal anything, as the International Engineering Consortium (IEC) found out at its Broadband World Forum Europe event here in the French capital Monday.

As delegates sat down to lunch following the late morning keynote sessions, they were interrupted by a high volume loud speaker announcement urging the return of the headphones that non-French language speakers were obliged to wear if they wanted a translation of what French Industry Minister François Loos and Orange (NYSE: FTE) CEO Didier Lombard had to say.

"We are still missing eight headsets," the announcer whined, prompting one wag to suggest that the culprits were hanging on to them so they could decipher the marketing speak they would encounter on the show floor...

— Ray Le Maistre, International Crime Editor, Light Reading

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