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Parisians say pollution main issue ahead of local vote

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March 22, 2014
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Parisians say that their main worries ahead of local elections are the environment and unemployment, and they accuse politicians of playing up political affairs to divert attention from the important issues. Duration: 00:49 Video provided by AFP


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