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PARIS, March 6, 2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday
voiced his solidarity with Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who
fears a Muslim backlash over a film criticising Islam made by a far-right
Dutch MP.

Sarkozy assured Balkenende of his "support" over lunch at the Elysee
Palace, saying he was "highly aware of the question of Islam's place in
European societies, and French society in particular," a presidential
spokesman said.

Balkenende stressed once again that he was in "total disagreement" with the
film's author Geert Wilders, warning it could spark protests similar to those
unleashed by the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Denmark.

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