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Theft revives French immigration debate

An immigrant whose deportation for petty crimes was blocked by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was involved in a shootout with police in a town the French prime minister was visiting, authorities said. Police in Sallanches, in the eastern region of Haute-Savoie, opened fire Tuesday outside a hall where Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was dining, after a suspected car thief drove past barricades and ignored warnings to stop. The driver, Cherif Bouchelaleg, is suspected of having stolen the car in Geneva and was detained after the incident, police said. They have not said whether they planned to charge him with a crime. Full Story

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