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France says 'concerned' over Navalny verdict in Russia

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France on Thursday raised concerns over the sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to five years in a penal colony on embezzlement charges.

"We are concerned by Mr. Alexei Navalny's five-year prison sentence," foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. "We note that not all judicial remedies have been exhausted and that the sentence could be reviewed on appeal," he added.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130718/france-says-concerned-over-navalny-verdict-russia