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Paris Apartment Fire Prompts Review of Unsafe Public Housing


Officials in Paris say they are conducting a review of unsafe public housing conditions in response to the apartment building fire that killed 17 African immigrants.

About 100 children and 30 adults were living in the seven-story building as they awaited permanent housing from the French government. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy visited the site Friday and blamed the high death toll on the overcrowded conditions. He said the government will conduct an immediate review of similar housing conditions in Paris.

The fire has triggered calls for the government to address tens of thousands of unanswered requests for subsided housing.

In April, a fire at a Paris hotel catering mostly to African and European immigrants killed 23 people.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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