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Nicolas Sarkozy hides in bar to avoid protest

Hundreds of angry protesters have booed French President Nicolas Sarkozy, forcing him to take shelter in a bar as he campaigned in the Basque country ahead of April's presidential election.

Some in the crowd then threw eggs at the bar, which was guarded by riot police in the south-western town of Bayonne.

Mr Sarkozy described the protesters - Basque nationalists and supporters of his rival Socialist candidate Francois Hollande - as "hooligans".

He left the bar after about an hour.

  • 01 Mar 2012
  • From the section Europe
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