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French President Worried About Fate of Egyptian Gays U.K., 11 February 2002

The French President, Jacques Chirac has expressed deep concern about the imprisonment of gays in Egypt.

A statement issued by Mr Chiracís office said that during talks in Paris, Mr Chirac told his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, he was worried about the fate of homosexuals imprisoned in Egypt. He said that he didnít want to interfere in Egyptian affairs, but he hoped 23 men sentenced to hard labour in prison for sexual immorality will be released.

The men, along with 29 others, who were acquitted were arrested at a boat party on the Nile early last year. Since then other homosexuals have been arrested in police raids and are awaiting trial.

Although homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, it is not accepted by society.

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