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France Still Pressing Duvalier to Seek Asylum in Liberia Despite Rejection There
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Feb 21, 1986
Start Page: 12
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
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[Jean-Claude Duvalier] was flown from Haiti aboard a U.S. Air Force plane on Feb. 7 to what was described as temporary asylum in France. French officials talked of his remaining about eight days, and French tempers have grown short, both at Duvalier and, at times, at the United States, over Duvalier's continuing presence in France.

It is understood that French officials have threatened to hand an expulsion order to Duvalier, who is living in a secluded luxury hotel at Talloires on Lake Annecy near Switzerland, if he continues to refuse to request asylum elsewhere. Such an order would make Duvalier an illegal person in France, subject to arrest if he refuses to leave.

Duvalier's refusal has been the big stumbling block so far. The Reagan Administration evidently has persuaded Liberia to accept Duvalier, but the Liberians have insisted that they will do so only if Duvalier himself requests the asylum. Duvalier, insisting that he wants to remain in France or go to the United States, has refused.

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