France revokes airport workers' security clearance

October 21, 2006 16:42

Authorities have rescinded the security clearance of 43 baggage handlers at Charles de Gaulle international airport due to suspicions they were connected with radical organizations, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said Saturday. "There were specific elements that made us forbid them entry" to sensitive areas at Paris' largest airport, Sarkozy said. "I cannot accept that people with radical practices" work in an airport, the minister said, adding that it was his "duty to ensure that (workers) do not have any kind of links with radical organizations." He did not elaborate on what specific information authorities had received about the 43 workers. Some of the employees concerned are known to be Muslims.

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