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Latest update : 2017-10-12

Carles Puigdemont: From journalist to Catalan independence leader

As Spain marks its national day, the Catalonia secession crisis hangs heavily over the kingdom. Our correspondents in Spain decided to take a closer look at the 54-year-old Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who was unknown to many just a few weeks ago. They went to the village where Puigdemont grew up to find out more about his roots and his ideals.

>> On France24.com: Carles Puigdemont: The provocateur of Catalonia

A programme prepared by Patrick Lovett, François Wibaux and Florence Viala.

By Sarah MORRIS , Mélina HUET

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2018-01-19 Americas

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2018-01-17 Asia-pacific

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2018-01-16 Europe

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