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France deports first foreigner convicted for suburban riots

[JURIST] French immigration officials have deported a man from Mali involved in the riots [JURIST report] that overtook Parisian suburbs and spread across the country last fall, the first of seven foreigners so far found guilty in connection with the riots who will all soon be deported. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; in French] initially ordered the deportations of all convicted in the riots [JURIST report] in November, but said Thursday that the delay was due to long legal procedures that hindered the deportation process but showed that France is a "state of law." Sarkozy originally asked local authorities to deport 120 foreigners arrested during the riots, but the government dropped most of the other cases because the suspects were minors or faced the prospect of double punishment for their participation. AP has more.

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