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Sarkozy: 'strip criminals of nationality'

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Sarkozy: 'strip criminals of nationality'


French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said anyone of foreign origin who threatens the life of a police officer should be stripped of their French nationality, in what’s being seen as a melding of crime an immigration policy.

Sarkozy was in Grenoble in south east France, where police have received several death threats following riots earlier this month.

“French nationality has to be earned. You have to prove you’re worthy of it. When you shoot at police officers, you no longer have the right to call yourself French,’‘ Sarkozy said.

The disturbances erupted in Grenoble after a local man was killed. He was fleeing police after allegedly holding up a casino.

Sarkozy, whose government earlier this week ordered the destruction of 300 illegal Roma camps across France, has promised a crackdown on urban violence following the riots.

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