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France Supports Freeze on Mubarak's Assets

Officials remove a portrait of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the main Cabinet building in Cairo, February 13, 2011

France says it will move forward with an Egyptian request to freeze the foreign assets of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family.

The French Foreign Ministry said it received the request Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what assets the Mubarak family might have in France, but the fortune is said to be worth billions of dollars.

Egypt's top prosecutor general Abdel Magid Mahmud issued the request on Monday, 10 days after the longtime president stepped down in the face of nationwide anti-government protests.

The freeze applies to the former president, his wife and their two sons together with their wives.

Egyptian authorities previously requested a freeze on assets held by a dozen Egyptian officials with close links to the ex-president.

Switzerland already has frozen Mr. Mubarak's bank accounts there.

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