A "sausage and wine" party went ahead in Paris despite a police ban but was staged near the Arc de Triomphe instead of in a Muslim neighbourhood.

Friday's event had been criticised as highly provocative because it was planned for the day of weekly Muslim prayers and the World Cup soccer match between England and Algeria, a former French colony that is majority Muslim.

Friday was also the 70th anniversary of General Charles de Gaulle's 1940 "Appeal of June 18" from London calling on the French to resist the German occupation. The Internet page advertising the party had repeated references to resistance.

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