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RICHARD FONTANA, one of France's most admired stage actors, died Friday at age 40 in Paris, officials at the state Comedie Francaise theater announced . . . THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY claimed responsibility Friday for a bomb blast Thursday that wrecked a car parked outside the Chase Manhattan Bank in London and shattered windows but caused no injuries . . . MOUNTAIN ACCIDENTS caused 149 deaths in the Swiss Alps last year, the Swiss Alpine Club said Friday. Its report said 34 of the victims were killed in avalanches. Another 32 people died in ski accidents, frequently while they were skiing by themselves away from marked runs. Others lost their lives while walking or climbing in the Alps.