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A town in Germany has sacked Santa Claus over alleged links to a far-right movement.

Peter Mück has dressed as Santa and distributed sweets to children at the annual Christmas market in the Bavarian town of Mühldorf for 30 years.

But this year the Christmas market opened without him after the mayor of Mühldorf announced that he had been fired.

Mr Mück was dismissed over comments he wrote on Facebook in support of a post by the far-right "Identitarian Movement", which campaigns against immigration and Islam, and has been accused of open racism.


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