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Far-Right Politician Says Paris Airport Under Islamist Threat


A presidential hopeful from France's extreme right says the main international airport in Paris is under "Islamist" threat.

The head of the anti-immigration party Movement for France, Philippe de Villiers, warns in a new book that "Islamist rebels" have infiltrated Charles de Gaulle Airport. He also warned during a radio interview against what he calls the "Islamization" of France.

Critics have denounced the accusations as racist, and say the airport is safe.

The interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, toured the airport last week to highlight the facility's security. He says only 122 of about 83,000 ground staff are being watched over security concerns.

Political analysts say De Villiers is not expected to fare well in next year's presidential election.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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