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Mademoiselle Chauffeur, A Young French Woman's Unlikely Career

Twenty-two-year-old Kamelia Benmira had a hard time assimilating into her new Switzerland home after leaving southern France.Then she landed on a genius idea that incorporated her love of nice cars.

Feminine private chauffeurs are still rare
Feminine private chauffeurs are still rare
Stéphane Herzog

GENEVA — Kamelia Benmira fled Montpellier, France, "because of a heartache" and headed towards the London fog. "I made it two weeks, no longer," she recalls. Born from an Algerian father and a French mother in Saint-Etienne, she grew up under the Hérault sun in southern France.

Desperate to get out of London, she made the acquaintance of a man on Facebook, who wrote her, "Do you like luxury, nice cars, work? Then come to Switzerland. This country is made for you."

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War In Ukraine, Day 85: Russia’s "Smaller" Operations And Shrinking Ambitions

U.S. Department of Defense officials report that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups in Ukraine, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units.

Ukrainian soldiers in Donbas

Meike Eijsberg, Cameron Manley and Emma Albright

A new Pentagon report has found that Russia is continuing to reduce the scale of its military actions toward more "small" operations, which is another sign that it has lowered the ambitions of its invasion of Ukraine.

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The Washington Post, citing a U.S. Department of Defense official, reports that instead of the typical battalion tactical groups, which number several hundred soldiers, the Russians have now shifted to attacks by smaller units, each ranging from a few dozen to a hundred soldiers. These smaller units have also scaled down their objectives and are targeting towns, villages and crossroads.

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