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Sarkozy says influential Muslim cleric not welcome in France

By AFP PARIS: President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that influential Qatar-based Sunni Muslim cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was not welcome in France. Egyptian-born Qaradawi, 86, has been invited to visit next month by the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF). “I told the emir of Qatar himself that this gentleman was not welcome in the …


Sarkozy at dusk

By Dominique Moisi PARIS: And the next French President will be…the Socialist Party’s candidate François Hollande. A month ago, any prediction uttered with such certainty would have sounded imprudent, if not foolish. Uncertainty prevailed. Four candidates dominated the competition, and no one would have dared to predict which two will make it to the second-round run-off. …


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