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Watchdog takes France to court over rat-infested prison

Campaigners filed a complaint against the French state Monday, denouncing overcrowding and filthy conditions in a prison near Paris infested with rats, cockroaches and bedbugs. The French-based International Prisons Observatory (OIP) backed its complaint with statements from inmates at Fresnes prison, 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of Paris. "We are infested with bedbugs, bitten every night on the face, on the neck, the shoulders, the back, the legs and the arms," said one inmate, in documents seen by AFP.
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