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Third blast near home of Muslim prefect

Published on January 29, 2004

NANTES, France, Jan 29 (AFP) - For the third time in ten days, a small explosive charge detonated Thursday near the home of France's only Muslim prefect, destroying a letterbox at a nearby school.

Police in the western city of Nantes were investigating if there was a link with charges that destroyed the car of Aissa Dermouche and damaged the entrance to the business school which he ran.

Two weeks ago the Algerian-born Dermouche was appointed prefect – or governor – of the department of Jura on the Swiss border, in the midst of a heated debate over positive discrimination.

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