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France Stands Firm Against Militants' Demands

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France Stands Firm Against Militants' Demands

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France Stands Firm Against Militants' Demands

France Stands Firm Against Militants' Demands

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French special envoy Huberts Colin de Verdiere, center, and the French ambassador to Iraq, Bernard Bajolet, left, walk with an Iraqi Sunni cleric following a meeting in Baghdad, Sept. 1, 2004. Reuters hide caption

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The French government is working diplomatic channels to secure the release of two journalists held hostage in Iraq. But France refuses the kidnappers' demands that it withdraw a ban on religious symbols, including Muslim headscarves, in French schools. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and reporter Eleanor Beardsley.

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