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Duvalier Reaches Temporary Asylum in Southeastern France
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Feb 8, 1986
Start Page: 13
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

[Jean-Claude Duvalier] and his family own four homes in France and in the principality of Monaco, but neither Grenoble nor Lake Annecy is close to any of them. French news reports suggested that the government had diverted the Air Force plane there to keep Duvalier from landing in the Paris area, where his presence might provoke trouble from leftist groups and the small Haitian community. The government, facing parliamentary elections March 16, obviously wanted to avoid any difficulty during the campaign.

Hours before Duvalier arrived, the French Foreign Ministry insisted that France, while it was cooperating with the United States in helping to take Duvalier out of Haiti, did not intend that the fallen dictator remain indefinitely.

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