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Algerian Minister Says 'Jewish Lobby' Elected Sarkozy

Algerian Veterans Minister Mohammed Cherif Abbas has charged that France's "Jewish lobby" was responsible for the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President of France earlier this year. He also mentioned to an Algerian newspaper that Sarkozy's maternal grandfather was Jewish.

The French Foreign Ministry expressed "surprise" at the remarks, which came six days before Sarkozy is to visit Algeria. "We are surprised about these remarks that appeared in the press, which do not correspond to the climate of confidence and cooperation in which we are preparing the president's state visit," said Foreign Minister Pascale Andreani.

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