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PRIZE WINNERS: President Chirac recently presented 38-year-old mother of nine Claire Denis, above right, with the Médaille de la Famille Française, an award devised in the 1920s to reward fertility

With youngest son Théophane nestled in the folds of her blue summer dress, Claire Denis looks as serene as a Renaissance Madonna. Her older children are safely berthed with their big sister, and this morning she continued the massive packing that her imminent house move demands. In just a few days, [an error occurred while processing this directive]Denis, 38, her husband and their brood of nine will expand into a larger residence. Now 450 crates are sealed and only 50 more wait to be filled with toys and clothes and kitchenware and books and photos and the other flotsam of family life. The woman deserves...

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