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French Interior Minister: French Citizens in Iraq Ready to Be Suicide Bombers


France's interior minister says at least 10 French citizens are in Iraq ready to become suicide bombers.

Nicolas Sarkozy told France-3 television Monday that French intelligence has lost track of at least 10 young Frenchmen who have gone to Iraq. He said 10 others have died in combat or suicide bombings or are prisoners of the U.S. led coalition.

France has no soldiers in Iraq.

Mr. Sarkozy defended the government's planned new anti-terrorism measures, saying the risk of an attack in France is very high.

The new measures include more video surveillance on the streets and public places, and increased monitoring of overseas travelers.

Mr. Sarkozy said a French citizen who suddenly goes to Afghanistan for three months should account for his travels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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