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France heightens state of alert

France raised its anti-terror alert last night to its second highest level after the Madrid bombings. The office of the prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, said more soldiers would patrol public transport, as the colour-coded alert moved from yellow to orange. The police also tightened security at border crossings with Spain, stopping and searching all pedestrians, cars and lorries travelling to France. The interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, offered police help to his Spanish counterpart, Angel Acebes, while the defence minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, promised “enhanced judicial cooperation”, and President Jacques Chirac pledged France’s “solidarity with Spain in fighting against this abominable scourge”. Full Story

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