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June 8, 2000
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France and Belgium are leading a campaign to maintain E.U. sanctions against Vienna because of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, Austria’s foreign minister said. In an interview with the French daily Le Figaro, Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the two countries are using Austria as a scapegoat and that their real interest was to head off electoral challenges from far-right parties in upcoming elections in their countries.

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