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Death toll rises as opposition rallies

Madagascar's President, Marc Ravalomanana, has accused his political rival, the mayor of Antananarivo, of stoking violent anti-government protests. At least 80 people have died in the capital, according to a French official.

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AFP- More than 80 people have died in political unrest that hit Madagascar in recent days, French secretary of state for cooperation Alain Joyandet said Wednesday.

"There are now more than 80 dead in a few days, so the situation is very worrisome," Joyandet, whose country is Madagascar's former colonial ruler, told television news channel LCI.

"There are 20,000 French nationals there, so we are watching the situation attentively, hour by hour," he said.

His death toll was higher than a report minutes earlier from a police official in Madagascar who said that at least 68 people had died in the unrest on the Indian Ocean island.

 

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