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A former minister is to be tried for war crimes

an appeals court in France ordered yesterday. Maurice Papon, 86, is accused of sending Jews from wartime France to their deaths in Nazi extermination camps. Mr Papon, who was the Paris police chief in the 1960s and the budget minister in the 1970s, allegedly ordered the deportation of 1,690 Jews, including 223 children, in 1942-44 when he was secretary-general of Bordeaux. Reuter - Bordeaux