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Alleging racism in the ranks, French envoy quits

France's Foreign Ministry says allegations from one of its envoys that he was the victim of racism in the diplomatic corps are baseless and unacceptable.

Zair Kedadouche resigned as ambassador to the tiny nation of Andorra and said Tuesday it was because he was no longer willing to tolerate the discrimination he suffered because of his Algerian origins.

"There are people in the Foreign Ministry who do not accept diversity, who pass positions among each other -- a certain kind of nobility," he told France Info radio, which published his resignation letter to the French president.

In response, the Foreign Ministry said Kedadouche received full support in his work. It said it had received no formal complaint from the former envoy.

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