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French President Calls for Vigilance Against Terrorism


French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for vigilance against terrorism following the discovery of explosives in a Paris department store.

Mr. Sarkozy said he will not compromise with terrorists. He spoke to reporters Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

A group calling itself the Afghan Revolutionary Front is claiming responsibility for placing the explosives. It demanded that France withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by February.

French Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said the group is unknown to police.

The French news agency (AFP) says it alerted police after receiving a letter warning that bombs had been planted in the Printemps store in central Paris.

Officials say the store was evacuated and the police found the explosives in a bathroom.

Alliot-Marie said the explosives appeared relatively old and no detonators were attached.

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

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