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The French government on Tuesday condemned two mayors who said they would only take in Christian refugees, as the country prepares to receive the first tranche of some 24,000 migrants.

"You don't sort (refugees) on the basis of religion. The right to asylum is a universal right," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday evening, hours before some 200 are expected to arrive from Germany.

Under pressure to respond to Europe's biggest migrant crisis since World War II, President Francois Hollande announced Monday that France would take in 24,000 people over two years.


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