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Norway to disinfect French actor

PARIS, France -- Norwegian cattle breeders want to disinfect French actor Gerard Depardieu when he travels to their country to shoot a film.

Amid fears Depardieu may be carrying the virus of foot-and-mouth disease demands have been voiced that the French actor and other French and British members of the cast and crew be subject to strict hygienic controls.

"Depardieu will make several return trips between (Norway's) Bodoe and Paris in Spring and summer, will he be disinfected every time?" a Norweigian farmer is quoted as saying in the newspaper Le Figaro.

The heated discussion rage's in Norway's capital Oslo, Le Figaro reports although currently only one case of the highly infectious disease has been confirmed in France.

22 farms in 13 provinces have been quarantined because animals were found with foot-and- mouth symptoms.



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