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French Mayor’s House Damaged in Blast

April 26, 2002

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ An explosion damaged the house of a conservative mayor in southern France, but no one was injured, police said Friday.

Witnesses told police that four people were seen running from the seaside home of Mayor Patrick Bore in the town of La Ciotat minutes after the blast, which occurred at about 4 a.m.. The explosion occurred behind the villa and damaged the veranda, police said.

Bore hails from the Rally for the Republic party of conservative President Jacques Chirac, who is running for re-election on May 5 against far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

In February, La Ciotat’s communications director, Gilbert Malapert, was shot and injured by an unidentified gunman.

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