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Published on August 6, 2010
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, August 5 , 2010

President Sarkozy has expressed to President Medvedev his great shock and sadness at the heavy death toll from the unprecedented fires currently raging in Russia. He extended to him France’s most sincere condolences for the bereaved and, at a time when thousands of men are still battling to extinguish the seats of the fires, assured him of the French people’s wholehearted solidarity.

The French authorities stand ready to respond to any request which the Russian government might make for assistance in dealing with this disaster./.

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