French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy said that once immigrants are granted citizenship in France they "should live like the French".

Speaking at a public meeting in the northern Paris suburb of Franconville, the outspoken former president, who wants to return to the top job in 2017, also denounced "extremist political Islam" whose goal was to "provoke the Republic".

"I will be the president of action, I do not accept the 238" victims of attacks in France since January 2015, he added, promising to lead a "merciless war" on Islamist terrorism.

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