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April 21, 1985

French President Francois Mitterrand condemned mounting racism in France and told a human rights convention that immigrants deserve better treatment. Speaking before the Human Rights League, Mitterrand said all immigrants who respect French laws "should be protected as if they were our own nationals." Mitterrand, a Socialist, blamed the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment on France's conservative parties, saying they are exploiting it for political purposes.

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