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PHILIPPE WOJAZER / REUTERS

Sarkozy has moved right on law and order

Having laid low while President Jacques Chirac took the heat for losing France's referendum on the European constitution, Nicolas Sarkozy is back, in the guise of a self-styled crimebuster.

After an 11-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet while washing the family car in La Courneuve, a desolate banlieue outside Paris, France's newly reappointed Interior Minister vowed that "the thugs will disappear" and that he'd "cleanse" the quarter. Two days later, Sarkozy decried that a man who had been granted early release from life imprisonment is now implicated in the June murder of a 37-year-old jogger....

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