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 Le Pen fears immigrants may become hostile force
 (Adds Le Pen radio statement)
    PARIS, April 9 (Reuter) - Extreme rightist presidential
 candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Sunday he feared immigrants
 from Third World countries could become a hostile force inside
 France.
    ``A new danger has been born...linked to the demographic
 explosion of the Moslem world and to (Islamic) fundamentalism
 which uses this phenomenom to project itself forward,'' Le Pen
 told Radio Luxembourg.
    ``Never before have we had anything that so resembled a
 potential fifth column as this presence of (nationals of)
 certain foreign countries in our midst,'' he said.
    His statement was expected to draw criticism as inciting
 hatred towards millions of North African Arab immigrants in
 France.
    Le Pen, credited with about 12 percent in opinion polls
 ahead of the April 23 first round vote, has campaigned for the
 expulsion of immigrants from France, especially those from Third
 World countries.
    Police arrested two members of Le Pen's National Front (FN)
 on Sunday after a man was injured in the latest of a string of
 violent incidents involving the extreme rightist party.
    State radio said the two were arrested following a late
 night incident on Friday when FN men beat up a man in an eastern
 district of Paris.
    Three other FN men are in jail in the southern port of
 Marseille for shooting dead a teenager of African origin in
 February.
    Le Pen's son-in-law and another FN man were given suspended
 jail sentences last month after clashes between rightists and
 students in the southwestern town of Auch. Police said the
 rightists used tear-gas sprays and pick-axe handles.

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