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Chad Demands France Pay Damages for Kidnapped Children

Chad says it wants France to pay more than $8 million in damages to the Chadian children French aid workers tried to take out of the country last year.

A Chadian court sentenced six French aid workers last year to eight years of hard labor and ordered them to pay $88,000 to each of the children involved in the case.

Chad said Friday that France is liable for the damages awarded to the children.

The aid workers said they believed the children were orphans from Sudan's troubled Darfur region. But an international investigation found most of them were Chadian and had at least one parent or guardian.

The aid workers have been returned to France, where their sentence was converted from hard labor to eight years in prison.

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