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France will not allow in Tunisian immigrants without a valid visa, the government said on Wednesday just days after thousands of illegal migrants from the North African country began arriving in Italy.
"Visa rules will apply to Tunisia, all visa rules and nothing but visa rules," government spokesman Francois Baroin told reporters following a cabinet meeting.
"There is no question of welcoming other immigrants who do not respect the rules on visas," he said.
European Union estimates says 5,500 people from Tunisia have arrived illegally on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the past few days, following the overthrow of President Zine al-Abidine Ben in a popular uprising.
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